Heather Watson in the first round of the Australian Open 2020, Melbourne
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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The Progress Tour Women’s Championships – Entry Lists


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  • Wildcard – Heather Watson WTA 50
  • *Katie Boulter – (Protected WTA 85) WTA 374
  • Harriet Dart – WTA 146
  • Samantha Murray Sharan – WTA 180
  • Jodie-Anna Burrage – WTA 289
  • Emma Raducanu – WTA 338
  • Maia Lumsden – WTA 368
  • Eden Silva – WTA 486
  • Naomi Broady – WTA 499
  • Alicia Barnett – WTA 569
  • Sarah-Beth Grey – WTA 607
  • Freya Christie – WTA 643
  • Alice Gillan – WTA 797
  • Emily Arbuthnott – WTA 954
  • Victoria Allen – WTA 1061
  • Wildcard – Danielle Daley – ITF 1715



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  • Naomi Broady & Samantha Murray Sharan – WTA combined 322
  • Sarah-Beth Grey & Eden Silva – WTA combined 368
  • Jodie-Anna Burrage & Freya Christie – WTA combined 597
  • Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls – WTA combined 708
  • Emily Arbuthnot & Anna Popescu – WTA combined 1074
  • Soumaya Anane & Tiffany William – WTA combined 1929
  • Esther Adeshina & Sonay Kartal – WTA combined 2013
  • Wildcard – Victoria Allen & Sasha Hill – WTA combined 2487


How to Watch the Progress Tour

The Progress Tour Women’s Championships will be broadcast by the BBC providing British tennis fans with an opportunity to watch women’s sport live from 14-18 July.

The outdoor tournament will be held at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre, Roehampton and will be broadcast on the BBC’s digital platforms daily from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 July from 11am each day.

“I’m so happy to hear that the BBC is getting behind the tournament and continuing to provide a platform for women’s sport.” said Katie Boulter

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