BY COLIN HUGGINS
AT ONE STAGE I thought Miss Heather Watson was about to remove Will Genia from sporting front page news in the Papua New Guinea newspapers.
Playing the main draw at Flushing Meadows for the first time in her career, Miss Watson took one of the world’s best to three sets in the first round of the US Open.
Miss Maria Sharapov, the number three seed, dropped the first set in toughing out a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over teenager Miss Watson, who has a Papua New Guinean mother but now plays for Britain.
I imagine being on centre court in that huge New York stadium will boost her confidence no end. It was, all in all, a very courageous effort, especially the 63-minute second set.
Miss Watson, the US Open girls' champion two years ago, is just 19.