Andy and Laura in­spire me to be bet­ter

HEATHER GAINS A WIM­BLE­DON BOOST

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By AN­NETTE COURT

HEATHER WAT­SON is tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Andy Mur­ray and Laura Rob­son’s suc­cess at Wim­ble­don as she bids to re­turn to top form.

Bri­tish No.2 Wat­son was pre­par­ing for a hard block of train­ing in the United States as Mur­ray de­feated No­vak Djokovic on Sun­day to be­come Wim­ble­don cham­pion.

Wat­son reached the third round at the All Eng­land Club last year, but went out in the open­ing round this time against ris­ing Amer­i­can star Madi­son Keys.

Wat­son, play­ing in only her fourth tour­na­ment af­ter two months out with glan­du­lar fever, ad­mit­ted af­ter the Keys de­feat that she was still feel­ing the ef­fects of her time off.

Con­fi­dence

The 21-year-old then had to watch as Rob­son went on to reach the fourth round.

The two are good friends, but there is also a ri­valry.

When Rob­son ended an­other long Bri­tish wait, by reach­ing a WTA Tour fi­nal in Septem­ber, Wat­son went out three weeks later and won the ti­tle in Osaka.

Wat­son said of Rob­son’s run: “She did bril­liantly. She had a very tough first round to get through and once she got through that it gave her con­fi­dence to carry on.

“It in­spires me, and also what Andy’s do­ing.

“It makes me ready for the whole hard-court sea­son, and I’m so de­ter­mined for my next tour­na­ment now.”

Wat­son headed home to Guernsey for the week­end, where she works out her tar­gets for the sea­son.

She hopes a three­week train­ing camp will help her get back to peak form and fit­ness be­fore her next tour­na­ment in Wash­ing­ton, which starts on July 29.

“I want to get good prepa­ra­tion in be­fore the hard-court sea­son, which I haven’t had yet since I’ve been back,” she added. “It’s re­ally frus­trat­ing not to be at my best, I think that’s the tough part.”

WEIGHT LIFTED: Wat­son gains from

(inset) Mur­ray’s win

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