Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Great Britain's Heather Watson plays Russian Vera Zvonareva at the AEGON International Eastbourne, Great Britain
Eastbourne, Great Britain - Tuesday was another demonstration of just how far Heather Watson has come in 18 months. The British No. 2 was barely expected to pick up a game against last year’s Wimbledon runner-up and world No. 3 Vera Zvonareva in their match at Eastbourne at the AEGON International. But Watson impressed, taking three games in each set. Now she needs the right draw.
Zvonareva defeated the Brit 6-3, 6-3.
Has Loving Support Of Family
We are a very close family so it’s not always easy but I speak to Dad every day on the phone or by Skype,’ said Heather, who has three grown-up siblings.
‘I’m very lucky to have parents who have sacrificed a lot for my tennis. They are the perfect parents, great support but not too pushy.’
Indeed, the delightful Mrs Watson gives this sometimes peculiar breed of parent a good name, cheerfully admitting to being more of a support system for her well-adjusted daughter than any tennis genius.
‘We always wanted to give the children the best opportunities, whatever they chose to do, and for Heather it was tennis,’ she said.
‘We decided as a family that I would be with her from 16 to 18 so we are apart sometimes as a family, but it is not a long-term thing.
‘At first it cost us easily more than $50,000 per year but now we are getting help from the LTA.’
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