Watson to take a break

By Ros Satar

British no. 1, Heather Watson announced she would be taking a break from tennis, after suffering her second first round defeat in succession.

Watson, who reached a career high rank of 39 in February, started promisingly in Miami in her first round match against Japan’s Ayumi Morita, but was edged out in three sets.

In a BBC 5live interview after her defeat, Watson indicated that she felt burnt out, and needed a break.

Watson said in the interview: “I think I just need to find myself, find my game again.”

Watson ended 2012 being the first British woman in 24 years to lift a WTA title, in Osaka as well as two WTA Doubles titles (with New Zealander Marina Erakovic).

She announced today that she will return to Guernsey before playing at Charleston, and joining the Aegon GB team for the Fed Cup tie in Argentina next month.

Picture Credit: Keith Allison