There were a lot of upsets on the first day of the US Open 2011. Heather Watson from the UK came very close to the upset of her career and the tournament with a brilliant match. Heather played Maria Sharapova (who is my favourite for the title) and lost 3-6 7-5 6-3.
“I had a lot of fun today. It’s what I want to do. I want to be out there on the big courts playing the top players. It was a really great match, very competitive. We played some really great tennis.
“I had my chances in the second set. You have to create the opportunity but also execute, and I was probably a bit too defensive on those important points.
“But I always believed I could win. There’s no point in my going out there if I don’t believe that I can win.
“I just wanted to make every ball, make her play every ball, and just fight. Because Maria’s a fighter. She’s never going to give up. That’s what makes her a champion. That’s why she’s won this tournament before.
“I absolutely loved the atmosphere. I thought everyone was going to be supporting Maria. She’s won here before. She’s been number one in the world.
“I had a lot of support. I heard some people calling me Cinderella, all sorts of stuff. And just when they were chanting my name, I kind of got the goosebumps. I thought, ‘Stay calm, focus on the match’.”
Heather should be very happy with her performance and this is promising for British tennis!