Wimbledon 2013: I still don’t feel 100% confident, admits Watson
Wimbledon 2013: British No2 Heather Watson admits she isn't 100 per cent confident after losing to Madison Keys
Heather Watson admitted she still doesn’t feel 100 per cent confident after a straight-sets loss to American teenager Madison Keys in the first round at Wimbledon.
Watson, who reached the third round last year – the furthest by any British female player in over a decade, was overwhelmed by the big-hitting Keys 6-3 7-5.
The British No2 has endured a difficult year having spent most of the season on the sidelines with glandular fever – and she struggled against the world No62.
“I feel like my game isn’t back yet,” said Watson.
“I don’t think I served well. My reactions are slow. I’m not moving like I usually move, getting balls back.
“I didn’t feel fully 100 per cent confident in my game and that needs work, that’s normal from coming back and not having many matches.
“But also Madison player very well, served very well, hit a lot of winners.”
Keys, 18, is regarded as one of the hottest properties in a big group of promising young American women breaking through right now.
The American is ranked slightly ahead of Watson at 52nd in the world, and although it did not look a bad draw for the Guernsey player, it was far from a good one.
“I saw Madison about a year ago, and I saw her play,” she added. “I thought this girl’s got a good game, she’s going to start climbing and she has.
“Some outsiders might look at my draw and think, she hasn’t got a seeded player, she’s got a good draw. But I know Madison is a good player.
“She’s going to be top 30 soon and maybe even higher. It is very tough to get up there.
“She’s only 18. She’s bigger than me, but she’s younger. I think she’s definitely a player to look out for in the future.”
The Guernsey player will now target regaining full fitness as the hard courts in America beckon for the British number two.