The 27-year-old Heather Watson may be at the same ranking position as at the beginning of the season but there were many positive vibes for her in the last couple of months. The Guernsey native has not been able to find her 'A game' in the previous four seasons, struggling with injuries and personal problems and staying away from the top-50.
It was the worst possible start of the year for Heather, barely winning a match by May before claiming the ITF title in Fukuoka to grab some points and the momentum. Despite that, the results were not there in the next couple of months, having to wait until August to lift another trophy in Vancouver and reach the semi-final in New Haven after failing to qualify for the US Open.
Ranked 125th, Heather tried her luck in the closing stages of the season in Tianjin, ousting two seeds and advancing into the first WTA finals since Monterrey 2016, losing to Rebecca Peterson but finding the necessary groove ahead of 2020.
In the next season, Watson has one big goal in her mind, the Olympic Games in Tokyo where she would love to chase a medal and Olympic glory, hoping to stay healthy and play on a high level at her favorite event. "The Olympics is huge for me, it's my No.
1 goal for 2020," Watson said. "I've had such great experiences in Japan in the past, I love to represent my country and be involved in something like that. My diary, where I make all my notes and plans, has large letters on it – 2020 – because that's all I want to focus on.
I'm feeling super positive and confident for next year, especially after my week in Tianjin. That's probably some of the best tennis I've played in my life, let alone the year. I haven't had the greatest last couple of years due to some things in my personal life, as the right people haven't necessarily surrounded me.
Now I feel like I'm in a perfect place and I have been in the past couple of months and I think that's shown in my results towards the end of the year, especially compared to the beginning of the year, when I just wanted to win a match."