Watson Faces Fitness Race
Britain’s hopes for a female tennis star to succeed on the Grand Slam stage may have to wait a few more months after the nation’s top-ranked player, Heather Watson, revealed she is struggling with injury just 11 days before the Australian Open.
Watson, the UK’s greatest hope to reach the second week in Melbourne, suffered an elbow injury during her second-round defeat to Kiki Bertens in the ASB Classic in Auckland on Wednesday. She struggled to find her rhythm in the three-set clash and consistently failed to make points on her second serve.
It was clear to those following the action in the tennis betting news that something was not right out on the Auckland courts and soon after the 6-4 3-6 6-3 defeat Watson played a doubles match with New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic, which the pair also lost.
“I injured my elbow in my singles match, I have to withdraw from Hobart. Doing everything I can to get healthy,” Watson tweeted after her matches, revealing what many fans in the betting world had already concluded, that she played through her injury in the singles clash.
To make matters worse, Watson is now not only out of Auckland but withdrew from the Hobart International, which starts 4 January and could have proven a major form boost for the Brit before Melbourne.
Without that week in Hobart, Watson now heads into the Australian Open with just two games and one victory under her belt in 2013. It is not ideal preparation for the world number 49 and WTA tour champion in Japan last year, for Watson is now a genuine competitor on the women’s circuit and will have been hoping to make the fourth round at least come Melbourne.
However, it seems British fans and punters with bet365 tennis betting will have to wait a little longer to see their main hope in genuine Grand Slam competition. Watson’s elbow injury comes at a bad time but she has months to recover until the clay and grass season this summer, where Wimbledon will be eagerly anticipating something big from this 20-year-old.