Watson insists she”ll be fit for Australian Open despite Auckland withdrawal
British No 3 Heather Watson will miss the opening tournament of the new season in Auckland next week after suffering an ankle injury.
It is a blow for the 19-year-old, who earned big points in New Zealand last year by coming through qualifying and reaching the quarter-finals.
Watson, who is confident of being fit for the Australian Open warm-up tournament in Hobart in two weeks” time, said on Facebook: “Unfortunately I will not be playing in Auckland, because I sprained my ankle badly.
Fitness fight: Heather Watson is hoping to be fit for the Australian Open warm-up event in Hobart
“It”s very frustrating, but Auckland is one of my favourite tournaments of the year and I”m looking forward to playing it next year because I love the event.
“Hobart will now be my first tournament of the year.”
Watson, ranked 92nd in the world, can at least take comfort from being a direct entrant into the Australian Open, where she will play in the main draw for the first time.