Tennis ace Heather Watson talks of Olympic dreams: '2020 is all I want to focus on'

Heather Watson in action at the Tianjin Open (PA Images)
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Tennis star Heather Watson has said that everything she is doing now is geared towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Watson reached her first WTA final in three years at the Tianjin Open last month. But the British No 2 said: “The Olympics is huge for me and it’s my No 1 goal for next year. 

“I’ve had such great experiences there in the past, I love to represent my country and be involved in something like that. My diary where I make all my notes and plans just has massive letters on it – 2020 – because that’s all I want to focus on," Watson told The Telegraph.

The 27-year-old had a four-month losing streak at the beginning of the year and any Olympic hopes looked ambitious. Now she is feeling "positive and confident" about her chances at next year's games.

“Now I’ve done a complete 180. I’m feeling super positive and confident for next year, especially after my week in Tianjin. That’s probably some of the best tennis I’ve played in my life, let alone the year.

“I haven’t had the greatest last couple of years due to some things in my personal life. I haven’t necessarily been surrounded by the right people. 

"Now I feel like I’m in a really good place and I have been in the past couple of months and I think that’s really shown in my results towards the end of the year, especially compared to the beginning of the year, when I was like, ‘I just want to win a match'."