Double delight for top Brit Watson
Heather Watson was able to celebrate winning the Bank of West Classic doubles with the news that she is now the British number one.
The 20-year-old claimed her first WTA tour title in partnership with New Zealand's Marina Erakovic, as the duo downed Vania King and Jarmila Gajdosova 7-5 7-6 (9-7) to take the title in Stanford. And the Guernsey-born star is now the highest-ranked British player at 71 after usurping Anne Keothavong, who is now ranked 76th. Laura Robson is also inside the top 100 at 91, while Elena Baltacha, who began the summer as the top Brit, is now fourth after slipping to 100th in the standings. It is the first time in 21 years that there have been four British women players in the top 100 and the news will give them confidence going into the Olympic competition in just a few weeks' time. Watson was obviously delighted to taste victory for the first time in her career after a hard-fought match on Sunday. "This is my first WTA title, so I'm really happy right now," she said. "It's such a nice feeling getting to the end of the week and being the last ones here," the Briton added. "We knew it wasn't going to be an easy match today - they're both great players and we knew we would really have to win it, they weren't going to give it to us." The young Brit is staying in the USA to play in this week's WTA event in Carlsbad, California, before returning to the UK to begin the build-up to London 2012.