It is refreshing to be discussing success in British female tennis for once. I think we can all safely agree that both Laura Robson and Heather Watson have performed superbly this year. It appeared that Robson would take the bragging rights over Watson this year.
However, Heather surprised us all with a fantastic triumph in the 2012 Japan Open. This was a fantastic achievement and was her first WTA singles title. It meant that she rose to 50 in the world rankings, and reclaimed her position as Britain's number one female player.
It appears that her success has severely boosted her confidence of becoming an elite player. Although, some people might think that success has gone to her head. But I prefer to see this as a single-minded attitude to becoming the best.
Nevertheless, only a select few female player ever reach the coveted world number one spot, and even fewer maintain the spot for any significant amount of time. Serena Williams has dominated the women's game in recent years. But it will be interesting to see if someone else can dominate when she decides to retire.
Also, it's important to remember that Serena tends to pick and choose the tournaments that she enters. Therefore, there is always the opportunity for other players to rise up the rankings.
I have always been a big believer in the ability that Heather Watson has, and the recent success she has had hasn't been a surprise. Some people may argue that her game isn't big enough to be a future world number one.
However, I have always thought that the mental side of sport can be nearly as important as the physical side. This is why we have seen many hugely talented sportspeople not fulfilling their potential on one side, but seemingly less talented individuals exceeding the level most people expected of them.
What Heather Watson has is steely determination and fighting spirit that can take her a long way in the game. I'm not a fortune teller, so I can't say if she will become a future world number one. But it's clear that she believes that she can, and strong believe in something is halfway to accomplishing it. Therefore, it would be foolish to rule it out as a future possibility.
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