"I took a needed four months off. I struggled to get back, but it was better than before. It had a really big effect on my mental health..." Heather Watson had told the 'Behind the Racquet' media last year, concerning her recovery from mononucleosis.
She was at the highest rankinf of her career at no. 39 and could visualize how all the hard work may have shown no result in success because of her illness. This season, Watson is much healthier but the four months' absence may come from the tour hiatus due to the pandemic.
She's practiced and as all players, thought about when will the season start again? Will she be physically prepared to hit the courts again on a competitive level? No player really knows how they will come back from vacant months where no one has played a tournament.
After a rocky 2019, the Brit's 2020 season did have her go through to the semifinal of the Hobart International against Elena Rybakina. She was on a roll and soon captured her fourth career title at the Mexican Open defeating Leylah Annie Fernandez in three hard fough sets.
"She's a great player...I knew it would be really tough...I was really pleased how I stayed in the moment, and won that third set," Watson happily said. Since winning the Mexican Open, there was the Monterrey Open where the Brit had only made it to the round fo 32 being defeated by Germany's Tatjana Maria in three sets.
Things then took a drastic turn as the pandemic crushed the season with Indian Wells having to be the first tournament cancelled among many. Watson chose the time to spend her lockdown in her hometown of Guernsey and to celebrate her 28th birthday, just a few days ago with a small party.
She'll be ready to continue the tourn when need by but ralizes that some things you can't change and says that "I'm very happy on and off the court and tennis isn't the be-all, end-all and I'm okay with that."