I was left very disappointed that Heather Watson would not get an opportunity to play singles at the London 2012 Olympic Games, especially now that she is the British number one. But it appears that fate has handed her a second chance.
Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong were initially going to be the extent of Team GB's female singles representation at London 2012. However, they were also somewhat fortunate to be selected through the wild card system.
Since that decision has been made both Baltacha and Keothavong have struggled, and it has been Watson and Robson that have shown the better form. I have been a keen supporter of British tennis for a number of years and have remained hopeful that Baltacha and Keothavong would make a breakthrough.
Elite sport has a way of surprising you when you least expect it, but both players have struggled for form recently and are moving in the wrong direction down the rankings. Therefore, their place in the Team GB squad is really one of experience and nothing more.
It would have been rough justice had the female British number one not been part of the singles tennis event. So, I'm delighted that Heather will get her opportunity, and hopefully fate can also hand an opportunity to Laura Robson.
Watson is a promising player that has a bright future in the game; the London 2012 Games may be a bit early to expect a medal from her, but as she rises up the rankings, expectations will increase, and she will need to be able to handle that pressure.
Nevertheless, she has a calm and happy way about her and doesn't seem to be fazed by any media pressure. It is unlikely Heather will win a medal at London 2012, but sport has a funny way of surprising us, so it would be wrong to completely rule it out as a possibility.
James Kent is a freelance sports writer; he is interested in a variety of sports, has enjoyed previous Olympic Games, and looks forward to the spectacle that will be the London 2012 Games where he will be a keen supporter of Team GB. Follow James on Twitter and via Facebook.
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