British tennis star Heather Watson catches the eye with revealing holiday pictures

Heather Watson (Instagram)

British tennis star Heather Watson is emerging as a major force on Instagram and her latest post has delighted her army of fans.

Watson reached the last-16 at Wimbledon last summer and has a career-high singles ranking of 38, yet she has also embraced social media to attract a huge following.

Her Instagram account now has 123k followers and healthy engagement on her each and every post, with her newest post creating a stir.

Watson, 30, leaves little to the imagination as she gave fans a glimpse into her sunshine holiday in Mexico.

The first image on the post shows her emerging from the water in a bikini and she also gave her fans a thrill with a cheeky image of walking back to her hotel in a swimsuit.

The 2016 Wimbledon mixed doubles champion is in Mexico after playing in the WTA event in Texas earlier this month and she admits she is a fan of having fun on her Instagram account.

Yet she has also been subjected to racist and sexist abuse on social media, as she revealed in 2019.

“I have had to deal with a handful of death threats,” she stated.

“The WTA takes them very seriously and works with the police to investigate and catch these people,’ she said.

“Someone was arrested a couple of days ago who had been sending hateful messages to players, but the problem is we get inundated with so many negative comments it’s impossible to deal with them all.

“That hurt. It’s just so disappointing and sad. It’s usually when I lose a match and mostly from men who have gambled on me to win. They pick on my race.

“It’s been easiest to just block anyone who is offensive, but I’d like to see them say it to my face.”

The comments Watson receives on Instagram tend to be all positive and her glamorous images add to her brand as she continues to attract sponsors.

The Brit was not named in her nation’s Billie Jean King Cup squad for next month’s match against France, with Emma Raducanu another notable exception.

Captain Anne Keothavong has named the same team which reached the semi-finals in September and said former US Open champion Raducanu was “unavailable” for the tie in Coventry from April 14-15.

Raducanu said after her opening victory in Indian Wells that she did not even know when the tie was, a comment which did not appear to go down well with Keothavong.

The former British number one responded to one report of the comment with a thinking face emoji on social media. She then separately posted, seemingly in reference to that: “My communication skills are generally good in case anyone was wondering.”

Explaining her decision to keep faith with Harriet Dart, Heather Watson, Katie Boulter, Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls, Keothavong said: “I’m pleased to name the same team as the one we had four months ago in Glasgow where we gelled so well, and the team spirit was electric.

“There were some memorable performances across the week to help us reach the semi-finals.

“Harriet showed us what she’s capable of by beating the likes of (Paula) Badosa and (Ajla) Tomljanovic.

“We saw Alicia and Olivia make their Cup debut, where they brought so much energy to the court and demonstrated how important doubles is. Katie and Heather have a proven track record in this competition and are enthusiastic as ever to be part of this team.

“While Emma is unavailable for this tie we look forward to seeing her back on the team in the near future.”

Raducanu, who missed November’s Finals in Glasgow due to a wrist injury, reached the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open this week before losing to world number one Iga Swiatek.

Her absence will once again draw attention to her burgeoning commercial portfolio, with the 20-year-old set to compete the following week on indoor clay in Stuttgart at a tournament owned by her sponsors Porsche.

Britain will go into the tie as significant underdogs, with France led by world number five Caroline Garcia, who is supported by Alize Cornet, Kristina Mladenovic and Clara Burel.

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