Heather Watson has accepted a wildcard and will compete alongside GB Fed Cup teammates Harriet Dart and Katie Boulter at next month’s £30,000 Progress Tour Women’s Championships at the National Tennis Centre.
I’m really excited about being part of the Progress Tour Women’s Championships. It’s been great to watch the boys in action at Jamie’s Battle of the Brits and now it’s time for the girls to get out there. There’s lots of talent in the women’s game in Britain. It should be a fantastic tournament. Heather Watson
Watson, 28, is a former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion with Henri Kontinen in 2016 and has won 4 WTA Tour tournament titles.
Currently ranked World No 50, she has been as high as No 38, and has represented GB in Fed Cup and the Olympics in London 2012 and Rio 2016.
The Progress Tour Women’s Championships will take place from 14-18 July and will provide a showcase for Britain’s best female tennis players as they return to competition.
It follows Jamie Murray’s successful Battle of the Brits men’s event, held at the same venue, the NTC, last week, and provides another opportunity for Britain’s top women to compete as professional tennis continues its return from suspension following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m really excited about being part of the Progress Tour Women’s Championships,” said Watson. “It’s been great to watch the boys in action at Jamie’s Battle of the Brits and now it’s time for the girls to get out there.
“There’s lots of talent in the women’s game in Britain. It should be a fantastic tournament.”
Additional wildcards have been awarded to Danielle Daley in singles and the pairing of Victoria Allen & Sasha Hill in doubles.
The Progress Tour Women’s Championships Entry Lists
- Wildcard – Heather Watson WTA 50
- *Katie Boulter – (Protected WTA 85) WTA 374
- Harriet Dart – WTA 146
- Samantha Murray Sharan – WTA 180
- Jodie Burrage – WTA 289
- Emma Raducanu – WTA 338
- Maia Lumsden – WTA 368
- Eden Silva – WTA 486
- Naomi Broady – WTA 499
- Alicia Barnett – WTA 569
- Sarah-Beth Grey – WTA 607
- Freya Christie – WTA 643
- Emily Appleton – WTA 675
- Alice Gillan – WTA 797
- Emily Arbuthnott – WTA 954
- Wildcard – Danielle Daley – ITF 1715
- Naomi Broady & Samantha Murray Sharan – WTA combined 322
- Sarah-Beth Grey & Eden Silva – WTA combined 368
- Jodie-Anna Burrage & Freya Christie – WTA combined 597
- Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls – WTA combined 708
- Emily Arbuthnot & Anna Popescu – WTA combined 1074
- Emily Appleton & Ali Collins – WTA combined 1293
- Soumaya Anane & Tiffany William – WTA combined 1929
- Wildcard – Victoria Allen & Sasha Hill – WTA combined 2487