MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Heather Watson of Great Britain plays a backhand during her Women's Singles first round match against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic on day three of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)
Tennis | Progress Tour Women’s Championship | Heather Watson joins field
British No. 2 Heather Watson joins the field for July’s Progress Tour Women’s Championships
Joins GB Fed Cup team-mates Harriet Dart & Katie Boulter as elite tennis in the UK returns
LONDON, UK – British No 2 Heather Watson given a wildcard into the Progress Tour Women’s Championship as elite tennis in the UK continues its comeback.
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After the roaring success of Schroders Battle of the Brits, the Progress Tour Women’s Championship is set to take place in July, and can now boast Heather Watson in the field, together with fellow Fed Cup team-mates Harriet Dart and Katie Boulter.
Watson has four WTA Tour titles and lifted the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles crown with Henri Kontinen in 2016. Currently ranked World No. 50, she has been as high as No. 38, and has represented GB in Fed Cup and the Olympics in London 2012 and Rio 2016.
The Progress Tour Women’s Championships is scheduled at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre from 14-18 July and will provide a showcase for Britain’s best female tennis players as they return to competition. It follows on the heels of Jamie Murray’s successful Battle of the Brits men’s event, held at the same venue last week and provides another opportunity for Britain’s women to compete as professional tennis continues its return from suspension following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watson said: “I’m really excited about being part of the Progress Tour Women’s Championships. It’s been great to watch the boys in action at Jamie’s Battle of the Brits and now it’s time for the girls to get out there! There’s lots of talent in the women’s game in Britain. It should be a fantastic tournament.”
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