Ayumi Morita puts Heather Watson at the sidelines in Miami
World number 39, Heather Watson, was disposed off in the opening round of the Sony Ericsson Open at Miami on Monday. She won the opening set against Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-1 but lost the following two sets 5-7 and 6-4 respectively. It was the second straight loss for the number one Briton who lost the touch that she gained in the previous season when she emerged as one of the strongest upset contenders for the top seeds.
The second upset in just two weeks has lowered the confidence of the 20-year-old Briton who has decided to take a break from International tennis. She said in an interview to the BBC Radio 5 live, “This year I’ve been going a bit too long so I’m a bit burnt out. I’ve been thinking about it now for a while and I’m going to take a break.”
She further added, “I was looking at the stats and I actually won more points, but that can happen in tennis. It really hurts, I think I just need to find myself, find my game again.”
Commenting about her loss in the opening round at Miami, she stated, “I was playing really well, probably the best I’ve played this year, and I think I lost my concentration a bit, but that was enough for her to gain some confidence and step forward, and it kind of pushed me back.”
Watson who registered an emphatic year in 2012 has been topsy turvy in the current season. She has registered a dismal record of 9-7. She was the upcoming young superstar of 2012 but hasn’t lived up to the expectations of the tennis fanatics in the ongoing season. She was the first lady to break a 23-year-old record of no titles for the British woman at elite platform by winning the HP Japan Osaka Open.
It will be a terrible loss for the Women Tennis Association to see the young and talented individuals at the sidelines. It will be a major disappointment for the British fans as well who waited a long time to see a cracking talent in the field of tennis. It will be interesting to witness when the 20-year-old Watson decides to make a comeback.