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British ace looking forward to SW19 challenge

LOOKING FORWARD: Heather Watson

TENNIS ACE Heather Watson has said that playing at Wimbledon is a 'privilege'. The British number one is looking forward to performing in front of a home crowd.

The sport’s leading tournament gets under way on Monday, June 29 and the 23-year-old is excited about the prospect. She said: “I really do enjoy coming to Wimbledon. I enjoy everything that comes with it.

“It doesn't seem like a job at a tournament like this. It seems really fun and exciting, a privilege to play. I love every aspect of it.”

The Guernsey-born player has had another mixed year but she remains positive as he goes into the famous tournament in London SW19.

“I've definitely had some highs and lows. But the highs have been quite high. I am really feeding off of that.

“I feel very, very good about my game. I just had a little lapse, I think, in the clay court season. But back on the grass and I'm feeling great.

France’s Caroline Garcia, ranked no.32 in the world, will be Watson’s first Wimbledon opponent and the Briton is fully aware that it is a tough draw.

“I think in a Grand Slam, every draw's pretty tough with the best players in the world. All I focus on is my first match, getting past that first hurdle.

“I enjoy playing at all the Grand Slams. I love different parts of each one. But this one, it's home. I don't think anything really beats home.

“Everybody speaks English. Just having all my friends and family able to just come and watch me play and support me, and the home crowd support.

“The queue outside for tickets. I have a lot of friends and that that stand in that line. I know a lot of people that stand in the line just for fun. At the end they get a ticket. They'll have some food, have a picnic along the way. That's part of the fun of it.”

When asked about American Serena Williams, who is a red hot favourite to win her sixth Wimbledon singles crown, Watson added: “Serena is huge in tennis, absolutely huge, and one of the best players of all time. Not just that, but she's one of the best athletes of all time.

“I think people all around the world, in all sports, know her, know who she is because of what she's achieved. It's brilliant to see.

“I love watching her play. The fact that she's still going is great. Her tennis, I love watching her tennis. She has really good technique.”

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