Tennis - British woman Heather Watson says that she was worried that she would not be able to return to competitive tennis like Sweden's Robin Soderling following her diagnosis of glandular fever. Watson came back to the tour after missing two months at the French Open and lost in the first round of Paris and Birmngham before winning her first round match at Eastbourne on Monday.
Speaking to the Guardian, Watson commented, "It was worrying because I'd heard all these stories about Soderling and Ancic. It finished their careers. I was also worried because you just don't know when it's going to get better and there are no guarantees.
It could last months and months. "I went home [to Guernsey] for two months and, actually, that's when I had really bad symptoms. I had a really bad fever and a very sore throat for weeks, like I had tonsillitis. I had no energy whatsoever.
I was sleeping 14 hours a day and just waking up and watching TV – and even that was tough." "It's down to the gruelling schedule. People who just follow tennis superficially only see the big tournaments, the grand slams and events at Miami and Indian Wells.
They don't see that we're literally playing every single week of the season. We get six weeks at the end of the year but we're using that time to work even harder to get ready for the new season. So it's tough and that's why a lot of players get glandular fever – because they feel so depleted."