Watson sets sights on dream victory at Wimbledon

Heather Watson
British number two Watson is going into Wimbledon aiming high

Heather Watson has said she will go into Wimbledon with the belief that she can become the first British woman to win the tournament in 34 years.

The 19-year-old's world ranking has gone from 588th to 93rd in the past 18 months ahead of her second outing in the main ladies draw at Wimbledon.

Watson will play Mathilde Johansson, ranked 64, in her opening match.

"There is no point in me going into Wimbledon not thinking that I can win it," British number two Watson stated.

"If I did that I might as well pack my bags and go home. This is what I train for. Winning it is my aim.

"I believe in myself. I have the athleticism and the mental strength to do it. I just have to keep improving every day.

"I have been working really hard over the last year. Over the last year my ranking has gone up from 500 in the world to the top 100 and I feel on form now and I'm very excited about it."

Watson, the 2009 US Open junior champion, has gained experience and confidence by reaching the quarter-finals of events in Auckland and Memphis.

She also ended a 17-year wait for a British woman to win at the French Open when she beat Stephanie Foretz Gacon in the first round at Roland Garros.

Ahead of Wimbledon, Watson warmed up with appearances in Birmingham - where she beat Chanelle Scheepers before losing to Peng Shuai - and at Eastbourne where she lost to world number three Vera Zvonareva.

"My ambition is to be world number one and to win a grand slam, and Wimbledon is the number one target," added Watson, who moved to Florida at the age of 12 to train at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.

"I'm sure I can win it one day."