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Watson motivated by Olympic snub

Posted 10-31-2012 at 11:11 AM by Philip Oliver
British number one Heather Watson has revealed her Olympic snub spurred her on to greater things in 2012.

The 20-year-old admitted she was "disappointed" Andy Murray chose Laura Robson to partner him in the Olympic mixed doubles, but insisted the rejection has made her stronger.

Watson, a favourite of the sport betting community, had won a doubles title just before London 2012 but was overlooked in favour of her rival and friend Robson, who went on to claim a silver medal alongside the Scot.

"I wanted to play. It was the Olympics. I think anyone in my position would have wanted that opportunity," Watson told betting news networks.

"But it was his decision. It's fine. They ended up with a silver medal. That's brilliant. It's made me stronger."

Robson enjoyed a successful summer following her run to the final, with highlights including reaching the US Open fourth round and becoming the first British woman to reach a WTA Tour final since Jo Durie in 1990 with her appearance at the Guangzhou International Open showpiece.

Watson, however, went one better, winning her first WTA singles title at the Japan Open earlier this month, the first female Briton to win a singles title in 24 years.

The Guernsey-born starlet climbed into the world's top 50 for the first time after her triumph in Osaka – two places above Robson.

Watson insisted she is not content to rest on her laurels and will be as ruthless as possible on her way to the summit of women's tennis.

"My ambition is to get to number one in the world and win one of the Grand Slams," she added.

"You have to be selfish to win. You can't be sympathetic to your opponent."
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