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Fantastic result Heather Watson is the Girls Junior US Open Winner.Not bad for a girl from a tiny island with a population of 60k
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posted Sep 13, 2009
Excellent - well done to her!
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Whatever happened to Miles Kasiri?
I believe that Miles Kasiri never won a junior title so where is the comparison there?
posted Sep 14, 2009
Excellent result for Heather Watson.I must admit, though, that i never knew she was world number one in the girls game. I guess I automatically assumed it was Laura Robson due to her Wimbledon win and subsequent global coverage! It goes back to what someone said above about Robson getting all the coverage. It's not a bad thing that Robson gets a lot of coverage because it will only help to get other girls interested in the game. And now hopefully Watson will get a lot of coverage too.One thing puzzles me though. Whilst all this junior success is undoubtedly brilliant, weren't girls from other countries winning women's grand slams by now? Hingis etc? By all means correct me if i'm wrong. I'm just wondering if we are actually pushing our young players hard enough? Do we install in them enough grit, steel and determination?
Congradulations Heather a great achievement.I am sure she will now get coverage although I dont believe there is anything sinister about her having not received much hype up to now. She is not as some one said world number one - prior to her victory she was 14th. After all few had heard of Laura Robson prior to her Wimbledon victory.The island of Guernsey should be rightfully proud
it all depends. Serena, Shazza and Hingis all won when they were 16/17 but there's no reason why i player can't wait until their twenties - Davenport was 24 before she won oneAs far as the boys are concerned, our 18 year olds are very weak but our 15/16 year olds are a very strong group indeed. Britain currently has the two youngest ATP ranked players - 15 year olds Liam Broady and Oliver Golding (our junior no.1). Along with George Morgan and Andrew Bettles, it wouldn't surprise me to see them emulating Watson and Robson in a year's time
‘Well done to her, I wonder why she doesn't get the hype Robson does.’*****Robson was only 14 when she won Junior Wimbledon. Big difference winning it at 14 and winning it at 16/17, IMHO.Also Robson already has a huge serve and forehand – much easier to graft consistency onto a player who has the big shots from a young age than it is to add big shots to a consistent but lightweight game.At least part of the hype around Robson is based on the fact that some elements of her game were at professional level at 14, and that is quite unusual.
It's difficult to know what and when people will develop, who has the attitude and who will have the physicality. I am almost tempted to ask how tall are they? That seems as much a guide as a junior title. Still it's a sign that there is some development below. I actually agree with not showing them or hyping them on TV - even if it is not a decision Sky made but their picture supplier. Many UK sportspeople seem to stop development as soon as a bit of money and profile comes their way. It's also arguable what they have achieved as well. Arguably junior titles are something the player can reflect personal pride on but to the nation as a whole meaningless and a mere sign post to hopefully better and the real achievement of an adult grand slam.Watson and Robson have a long way to go.
"Although Hingis had already won four Grand Slam singles titles by the time she was the age Watson is now, the Swiss was considered a rare exception and Watson looks capable of going far in the women's game."Hingis then only won one more in her entire career, although she did choke in two other finals and get outclassed in a further five still. So I don't think Heather should be too worried, somehow.
What will it take for the BBC to start televising Fed Cup instead of Davis Cup ties?
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