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Rusedski predicts Heather to hit back

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HEATHER WATSON may be without a main draw win since Wimbledon – but she is not far off fulfilling her potential, according to one former Grand Slam finalist.

Fully 10 years have passed since Greg Rusedski presented the Ariel Under 16 Junior National Championship trophy to Heather Watson, then just 15. (19527370)

Last week’s defeat at the hands of Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the second round of qualifying for the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open continued the 25-year-old’s poor run and keeps her at No. 77 in the world rankings.

The setbacks of recent weeks come after Watson appeared to be turning around a poor year when she enjoyed an improved grass-court season, but has struggled since losing to Victoria Azarenka in the third round at SW19.

However, Greg Rusedski – men’s singles runner-up at the 1997 US Open – believes Watson just needs to find some consistency in order to return to winning ways and back to the form that saw her climb as high as No. 45 in 2013.

‘I look at Heather and it’s about the consistency of work, day in day out, week in week out and it’s about making sure she does that through the 12 months of the year,’ he said.

‘Sometimes the results aren’t there that you want all the time, but if the work is there on a daily basis and consistent basis, and you’re doing all the basic things right, it’s only a matter of time before it happens.

‘If you can get that consistency of work and results throughout the year, there’s no reason why she can’t go higher.'

  • Full story in Wednesday's Guernsey Press.

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