14 December 2019
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Tennis: Heather Watson breaks the British losing streak at the French Open

May 24, 2011

Heather Watson, the 19-year-old tennis champion from Guernsey, made history yesterday. She not only won her match in the French Open but was the first British female to do so in 17 years.

Heather WatsonShe was also the first British woman to win a final round match in qualifying for a staggering 28 years. She now breezes into the second round of the French Open.

Watson’s 7-6, 6-1 victory over 30-year-old Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France has lifted the spirits of British tennis fans across the nation as the losing streak comes to an end. The result will also elevate our young tennis champion into the Top 100 list when it is updated next month.

Watson is thrilled with the result and her rise through the rankings. “That’s been my goal and I’ve achieved my goal. I actually wanted to get into the top 100 by the end of the year so I’m going to have to set new goals for myself. I’m so pleased with that.”

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Forez began the game well and raced into a 4-2 and 6-4 lead only to be pegged back as Watson became more aggressive in her play. Watson then managed to take the set 8-6 on the tie-break and the lead became hers as she even managed to win an amazing 11 points in a row.  Watson had to work hard to fend off her more experienced opponent and let’s hope she keeps up the good work.

Monica Stott, Sportsister
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