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Watson: Murray snub made me stronger

ESPN staff
October 22, 2012
Heather Watson won the Japan Open earlier this month © Getty Images

Heather Watson reckons Andy Murray's decision to overlook her as an Olympic doubles partner helped propel her to a maiden WTA title.

Watson, who won the Japan Open earlier this month to become the first Brit to triumph on the WTA Tour for 24 years, saw Laura Robson paired with Murray in the mixed doubles at the Olympics. The duo went on to claim a silver medal in London.

"I wanted to play," Watson said. "It was the Olympics. I think anyone in my position would have wanted that opportunity. But it was his decision. It's fine.

"They ended up with a silver medal - that's brilliant. It has made me stronger."

In the world rankings, Watson has climbed to 49th, three places ahead of Robson. Watson entered the top 50 for the first time following her breakthrough success in Osaka.

Women's rankings: 1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR), 2. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 3. Serena Williams (USA), 4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 5. Angelique Kerber (GER), 6. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 7. Sara Errani (ITA), 8. Li Na (CHN), 9. Sam Stosur (AUS), 10. Marion Bartoli (FRA).

Men's rankings: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 2. Roger Federer (SWI), 3. Andy Murray (GBR), 4. Rafael Nadal (SPA), 5. David Ferrer (SPA), 6. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 7. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG), 8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 9. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB), 10. Nicolas Almagro (SPA).

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