Britain’s imprint on the female international tennis scene hasn’t always been a significant one, and certainly never consistent during the rare patches of fine form.
However it is with much anticipation that we can witness the emergence of two inevitably great players. Having already made sizeable inroads on the junior scene, their seemingly effortless transition onto the WTA circuit alone is worthy of applause, while breaking into the top 50 in such a short space of time is worth a standing ovation.
…her performance pushed her into the world’s top 40…
Watson, who currently sits at 41 in the world, saw off a three round qualification draw to get into the main draw of 2013’s opening Grand Slam, the Aussie Open. Eventually losing to the tournaments fourth seed, Agnieska Radwanska, in the third round, her performance pushed her into the world’s top 40 for the first time in her career, jumping a whopping 63 places in just 6 months. This achievement came swiftly off the back of winning her first WTA singles final when she toppled China’s Kai-Chen Chang in the Hewlett-Packard Open in October.
Simultaneously, compatriot Robson, who sits just four places behind Watson at 45 on the world rankings, is carving a similar path, opening the year strongly by weaving her way into the third round of the Aussie Open before being seen off by long-time friend and opponent Sloane Stephens.
…Britain’s most exciting and promising players…
The next big thing on the agenda for Watson and Robson, who’s still recovering from a shoulder complaint that flared up in her Aussie Open exit, will be when they represent Great Britain at the Fed Cup kicking off in Israel this week. The team are currently ranked 18th in the world and both will be looking to continue their show of good form in giving Britain a chance of winning the title that has eluded them since its inception.
2013 will undoubtedly prove an interesting year for the upcoming stars, as we hold our hats to see what results await two of Britain’s most exciting and promising players in its modern history of the game.