Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Heather Watson

The Bank of the West Classic has granted a main draw wildcard to up and coming young star Heather Watson for the 2012 event.


This will be the first appearance at Stanford for the 20 year-old Watson, who made a name for herself in the tennis world after winning the 2009 US Open Girls singles title.


Winning two additional singles titles on the ITF circuit, the British Watson played in her first WTA main draw event in 2010 at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.


Already in her young career Watson has played some of the biggest names in women’s tennis, including former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka and current world No. 1 Maria Sharapova. She nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2010 season after taking Sharapova to three sets in the first round of the US Open.


The young star would eventually lose the match, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, to the overpowering Sharapova, but not before showcasing her promising young talent.


Currently ranked 110 in the world, Watson has risen up the rankings after an impressive performance at the French Open earlier this year. Winning three matches in the qualifying rounds and defeating Russia’s Elena Vesnina in the main draw, Watson has now advanced to the second round at Roland Garros for the second time in her young career.


Watson will join Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs on the wildcard list as the Bank of the West Classic continues its reputation of showcasing up and coming talent.


In addition, the 2012 Bank of the West Classic will feature some of the biggest names in women’s tennis, including 13-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, and 2011 French Open semi-finalist Marion Bartoli.


The Bank of the West Classic, a premier WTA event, is now in its 42nd year and features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women’s event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.

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