Heather Watson reflects on upset win over Elina Svitolina in Miami

Watson recovered from a set down to beat Svitolina in the Miami second round.

by Dzevad Mesic
Heather Watson reflects on upset win over Elina Svitolina in Miami

World No. 115 Heather Watson was absolutely thrilled after beating former world No. 3 Elina Svitolina at the Miami Masters. Watson, a former world No. 38, produced an upset on Thursday as she defeated No. 15 seed Svitolina 4-6 6-3 7-6 (4) ti progress into the Miami third round.

“I love this tournament. I’ve been coming here for so long. I just love it here, I feel like it’s home," Watson told Amazon Prime Video, per Tennis 365. “I’m really happy that I’m coming back into form this year.

I was just thinking at the end that my fitness got me through that match. I’m really glad I held my nerve and was able to get over the line”.

Watson came up big in key moments to edge out Svitolina

After losing the first set, Watson started the second set with an early break and a 2-0 lead.

Watson blew an early second set break but broke Svitolina again in the fourth game and held on to her serve the rest of the way to force a decider. Watson twice blew a break in the fifth set and found herself 2-0 down in the tie-break but then won seven of the next nine points to escape with a three-set win.

After the match, Ukraine's Svitolina admitted it was tough for her to focus on tennis when her thoughts were constantly with the people of Ukraine. “It was quite tough to focus,” Svitolina told the WTA Tour website.

“Very tough, mentally, to go on the court. I know I tried to be brave and face the challenges. I would say that I’m not 100 percent. And talking to the other Ukrainian players in Indian Wells and Miami, they have been struggling, too.

We are telling each other, yeah, we are here and then sometimes we are not here. “With everything that’s happening in Ukraine, it’s just very, very sad. Every hour we are seeing the news everywhere. You see it, and for my homeland it’s very painful”.

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