Heather Watson has a stunning new look as Britain's No 1 female heads to the US Open aiming to secure return to the world's top 50
- Britain's No 1 Heather Watson is going to US Open in confident spirits after almost beating Serena Williams
- Watson was 3-0 up in the final set before world No 1 Williams fought back to win 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 at Wimbledon
- The 23-year-old from Guernsey finds out her first-round opponent at Flushing Meadows on Thursday
Britain's No 1 female tennis player is eyeing up a pair of fabulous £525 Sophia Webster shoes with a four-inch heel.
Heather Watson’s trusted team have spent more than an hour straightening her hair and doing her make-up at a west London hotel for an exclusive photo-shoot with Sportsmail ahead of the US Open, which starts on Monday — and the 23-year-old from Guernsey seems to be enjoying herself.
‘This doesn’t happen too often but I love it,’ says Watson. ‘I absolutely love it.
Heather Watson (centre) said she enjoyed the chance to get dressed up for an exclusive Sportsmail photoshoot
Watson is gearing up to compete in the US Open at Flushing Meadows, which starts in New York on August 31
Watson won the US Open girls' title aged 17 in 2009 but has never got past the first round of the proper event
HEATHER WATSON'S PHOTOSHOOT
‘I’m all right in heels — when they fit. I’ve got big feet. I’m a size nine.
‘I do struggle because they normally stop at a size seven so you don’t get much choice. I should be taller with my big feet but I’m not. I wouldn’t say I’m a fashionista or anything but I do have a unique style and it changes day to day. I’ll be a tomboy one day and then really girlie with a tutu dress and high heels the next.’
Watson is still buzzing after her successful run at Wimbledon, where she led Serena Williams, arguably the greatest female player of all time, 3-0 in the final set of their third round clash on Centre Court. Williams, says Watson, was just ‘too good’ though she eventually won 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 after two-and-a-quarter hours of intense action.
Now the 5ft 7in Briton will use her performance for inspiration as she looks to impress at Flushing Meadows next week.
Watson won the US Open girls’ title aged 17 in 2009 and is looking forward to returning to the hard courts of New York in a ‘super cute’ new playing outfit she has been involved in designing.
She said: ‘Wimbledon was a big positive. It wasn’t meant to be against Serena but I don’t think I did much wrong.
‘She was just too good. I will definitely use it for future confidence. I hadn’t had a great Australian Open or French Open but Wimbledon was decent for me. I had some good wins, so now I’m super motivated and I feel like I’m playing really well.
Watson is targeting a successful spell at Flushing Meadows in order to propel her into the top 50 in the world
Britain's No 1 female tennis player will find out who her first-round opponent is when the draw takes place on Friday
Watson (right) is buoyed by her impressive display in the third-round defeat by Serena Williams at Wimbledon last month
'I love the US Open. The people in New York and the crowd are so loud and enthusiastic and it makes it so fun for us as players. It’s why you play tennis; to be supported like that.’
In reference to her new outfit, she added: ‘Honestly — and I was talking to another player about this — if you feel good in what you’re wearing on the court you’ll feel more confident anyway.’
Watson will find out on Thursday who she plays in the first round and she’ll be hoping for a kind draw.
The US Open is the only Slam in which the British No 1 has failed to get past the first round but she’ll be confident of ending that drought as she continues her climb up the rankings.
The top 50 is back in her sights. And she’s No 1 in the fashion stakes now too.
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