Tennis

Heather Watson admits more aggression is needed

Watson has struggled this season. (©GettyImages)
Watson has struggled this season. (©GettyImages).

British number two Heather Watson has expressed her plans to become more aggressive, to help her compete with the very best.

Watson has recently changed her coach in a bid to enhance her playing style, ending her affiliation with Colombian Mauricio Hadad after working with the coach for two years.

Watson admitted it was hard to leave him. 

"It's always going to be a tough decision," Watson told BBC Sport.

"At the end of the day it's my job, it's a business. I've got to do what is right for me and my career."

Watson met Hadad at the Nick Bollettieri academy in Florida as a 12-year-old and had kept in contact ever since. The tennis star, now 21-years-old, will work with American coach Chip Brooks.

"With coaches it's always a big decision," Watson said. "I put a lot of thought into it and I thought it was the best decision for me and my career.

"I think to get to the next level I need to change some things in my game, improve some things, add some things, so that's part of me coming to this decision."

Watson has slipped significantly down the world rankings, currently lying in 76th place after falling from her career best ranking of 39 in February.

Watson suffered from an overburdening bout of glandular fever in April and was unable to play for two months.

The British star has stated that she needs to add another dimension of aggression to her game, to allow her to compete with the very best. Watson is already well-known for her peerless determination and willingness to succeed, but she admits she needs to build on that by adding more aggression into her game.

"I know I'm a good volleyer," Watson said. "I love to play doubles, so why don't I use that in my game? It's because I haven't really worked on it. I want to work on it more and I want to add a slice to my game.

"In today's game you need to be aggressive, but also very consistent. It's not all about trying to smack loads of winners, it's also about chasing down balls and making a lot of balls and I have that. I feel like I need to add the winners and the aces to my game."


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