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Heather Watson diagnosed with glandular fever after Miami Open

Concern for weary Watson as British star is diagnosed with glandular fever

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

16:04 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 3 April 2013

Heather Watson has been diagnosed with glandular fever.

Blood tests after the Sony Open in Miami revealed traces of the virus and Watson, who is set to be overtaken by Laura Robson as British No 1 next week, has been told to rest and recover.

Watson, 20, is at the tail end of the illness and is not expected to miss any of the summer tournaments.

Virus: Blood tests after the Miami Open last week showed British No.1 Heather Watson had Glandular Fever

Virus: Blood tests after the Miami Open last week showed British No.1 Heather Watson had Glandular Fever

Speaking to the LTA, Watson said: 'I had to do some blood tests after Miami and the results have shown that I have traces of glandular fever (mono) in my system.

'There is no prescription for this other than complete rest but the good news is that the doctors have told me I am at the tail end of the fever.

'This means I have been trying to compete through the symptoms for some time.'

She continued: 'I have been struggling with both training and playing matches and felt so tired and exhausted for months but now that the doctors have found the cause of this, it explains everything that has been happening to me physically and mentally.

Slowed: Watson admitted to feeling 'burnt out' following her first round exit to Ayumi Morita in Miami

Slowed: Watson admitted to feeling 'burnt out' following her first round exit to Ayumi Morita in Miami

'I am actually relieved to know what is wrong so that I can get myself on the mend.

'I hope to recover as soon as possible by resting my body and getting lots of sleep. I already feel better from being at home for a week, and am looking forward to getting back on Tour soon.'

Watson crashed out to Alumina Morita in the first round in the Sony Open in Miami and admitted she was feeling 'burnt out.' She said she would take a break from tennis to recover, but changed her mind the following day.

Recovery: Watson, who will be replaced as British No.1 by Laura Robson next week, has been told to rest

Recovery: Watson, who will be replaced as British No.1 by Laura Robson next week, has been told to rest

Iain Bates, the LTA's head of women's tennis, said: 'First of all, get well soon, Heather, from the whole team.

'We all know she'll bounce back better than ever. Heather's focus will be on her recovery, and we will do whatever we can to support Heather and help that process.'

French Open 2012: Maria Sharapova on verge of history but admits she"s "bored"

Humdrum conundrum for Sharapova! Maria on verge of history but admits she's 'bored'

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 1 June 2012

Maria Sharapova says she is 'bored with myself on a daily basis', which is a strange state of mind for someone not far off carving themselves a huge slice of history in their chosen profession.

The draw is opening up nicely for the 25-year-old Russian at the French Open, the one Grand Slam she has not won and at a time when there is no obvious winner of the women’s tournament.

After hammering Japan's Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-1 in just one hour, she is in the third round and five wins away from becoming the first female player to claim all four majors since Serena Williams sealed the achievement at the 2003 Australian Open.

Power game: Maria Sharapova hits a forehand in her victory over Ayumi Morita

Power game: Maria Sharapova hits a forehand in her victory over Ayumi Morita

As it turns out, Sharapova’s sense of ennui actually relates to social networking site Twitter, which she shuns despite the fact that she would surely pull millions of followers as one of the world’s top women athletes.

'I think it’s too much for me. I’m bored with myself on a daily basis and if I’m bored, like eating a bowl of pasta, then I don’t need to let the world know that I’m at this restaurant eating a bowl of pasta,’ she said, eminently sensibly.

Won't join Twitter: Sharapova

Won't join Twitter: Sharapova

'I write enough texts in one day. I already text so much it’s embarrassing. I’m getting arthritis in my thumbs.

'It’s more the routine. When you’re at a tournament you go through things on a daily basis: we play a match, we stretch, go on the exercise bike, speak to the press, go back to the hotel, go on the internet. It’s more exciting when you’re at home.'

Having won the Italian Open last month, she is arguably the in-running favourite at Roland Garros, despite having once memorably described her movement on the clay being like a 'cow on ice'.

Heartening for her is that the younger Williams has been ousted from her quarter of the draw, and another threat from the tournament as a whole was removed yesterday when third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, with whom she does not get along, was hammered 6-1, 6-2 by Svetlana Kuznetsova.

There was a decent British success in the men’s doubles yesterday when Dominic Inglot, the unknown 26-year-old from Middlesex, helped knock out fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.

Inglot is playing with Treat Conrad Huey of the Philippines, who was his partner in American college tennis at the University of Virginia.