Our golden girl

HEATHER WATSON created history on Saturday as she claimed gold for Guernsey in the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Heather Watson is mobbed by autogragh hunters after having won tennis gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games. (Picture by Paul Guillou, 0657507)

HEATHER WATSON created history on Saturday as she claimed gold for Guernsey in the Commonwealth Youth Games. The local time in Pune was 10.55am when the Sarnian starlet defeated Indian number seven seed Kyra Shroff.

Watson had been charge from the start. In fact, prior to the final in the warm-up she looked the more confident and victory was never truly in doubt. Shroff was never a match for Watson's superior strength, athleticism and technical know-how.

The match was played in front of another full house. The team's resident mathematician, James Jurkiewicz, had worked out that India's population is 2,167 times that of Guernsey and at times it felt that those proportions were reflected in the partisan but sporting crowd.

None of that pressure affected Watson, whose performance was, again, near perfect.

Wimbledon may have Henman Hill but Pune tennis stadium now has the Watson Wedge as the 30-odd Guernsey fans who squeezed between the Indian support enthusiastically cheered her on.

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