Heather Watson reveals she thought about quitting tennis during barren run, but she is ‘loving life right now’
Heather Watson has opened up about her on-court struggles in recent years, saying she was prepared to pack it all in before getting back to title-winning ways in Acapulco.
The British No 2 was a regular inside in the world top 50 between 2012 and 2016 as she won three WTA Tour singles titles during that period, but she struggled for form from 2017 onwards.
She started the 2020 season outside the world top 100, but showed glimpses of what she was capable of as she reached the semi-final of the Hobart International in early January and things finally came together earlier in March as she ended her four-year title drought with the Mexican Open trophy.
However, the 27-year-old admits she was ready to quit tennis when the going got tough.
“I thought I wasn’t doing good enough, nor getting the satisfaction or results, so why continue to suffer through it?” she said BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Inside Track
She continued: “I was pretty low. I was thinking of stopping tennis. You have those thoughts and I wasn’t serious about it.”
The 2017 Wimbledon mixed doubles champion says things started clicking on and off court in recent months and now she is “loving” tennis.
“I am loving life right now,” she said.
“In the long run, I need to be happy off the court to be successful on the court.
“I felt like I had nothing to lose going into the tournament. On and off the court I felt good, I was in a really calm state of mind.
“I was going into the competition just enjoying it, being healthy – and as the tournament went on I thought: ‘Oh this is nice.’
“I’ve been loving [tennis] these past eight months. When I got to the final I did put a bit of pressure on myself. I have been so consistent; more consistent then I have been in my career.”
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