Watson targets Olympics glory

11 April 2012 / 17:14

Heather Watson has revealed her main goal this summer will be success at the Olympics rather than Wimbledon.

The British number three will be among those at the centre of attention for her home grand slam as fans look expectantly for domestic success stories.

Watson has been knocked out in the first round in her two previous Wimbledon appearances and hopes to improve upon that this time around, but the 19-year-old said: "This year my main goal and what I'm really focusing on is playing at the Olympics."

The Guernsey-born world number 116 told Press Association Sport: "Being here in London is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I want to take that and do everything I can to compete and play for my country.

"During Thanksgiving I was in Florida and we had this debate at the table about what we thought tennis players thought was more important, the Olympics or grand slams.

"It's just different for different people. It depends. It was about 50-50. Some were saying they thought the grand slams were more important, others the Olympics.

"This year, with the Olympics being in London, for me this is my main goal.

"It's just that Wimbledon will be held next year and the year after and so on. Of course I'm going to go in there giving it 100%, but this Olympics, London 2012, when is the next time it's going to be here?"

Watson has slipped down the rankings after reaching 87th last year, but believes she is hitting her stride again.

"I haven't had the best of years because I had an ankle injury, which was tough," she said. "But I've started to find my game now and recently had a good week in Miami, making the third round. So I've gained that confidence and feel like I'm finally finding my game."