Watson sets Wimbledon target
Heather Watson set herself the target of making the second week of Wimbledon after losing in the second round of the French Open.
There was certainly no disgrace in losing to fourth seed Simona Halep - a player being backed to go on and win the title - but it is a measure of Watson's form and confidence that she was hugely disappointed with a 6-2 6-4 defeat.
The 22-year-old, who will overtake the injured Laura Robson as British number one after this tournament, went into Thursday's match on a nine-match winning streak after claiming a title in Prague and coming through qualifying in Paris.
Watson's frustration was heightened by the final game, where she had two chances to break back for 5-5 but could not take either.
She said: "Simona played very well, as I knew she would.
"I don't think I was on my best game. I made a lot more unforced errors than I usually do, and I thought my first-serve percentage wasn't very high. I wasn't helping myself getting any free points with that.
"But she made hardly any unforced errors. She made me make those unforced errors. I've got to give her credit for that.
"I felt she was a bit nervous in that last game. So was I, and I didn't take advantage.
"I'm disappointed that I didn't do better. I really expected more from myself. It happens, and I'll just take these weeks as a positive for the grass."
It is all a far cry from the same time last year for Watson, who 12 months ago was just returning from two months out with glandular fever.
She spent most of the year trying to get fully healthy and an associated loss of confidence resulted in her winning only 10 matches in the rest of 2012.
This year she has already won 26 matches and her ranking will climb significantly from its current 92 when the rankings are updated a week on Monday.
Grass presents another great opportunity for a player who reached the third round of Wimbledon in 2012.
Watson will sit out next week's tournament in Nottingham to allow a twisted ankle to fully recover but will play the WTA Tour events in Birmingham and Eastbourne before Wimbledon.
And she has high hopes of at least emulating Robson, who last year made it to the fourth round.
Watson said: "I kind of went into the last grass-court season a bit scared and just hoping I'd play okay, but this time it's very different. I'm going in and I want to win. I want to go far and I want to make the second week."
The Guernsey player is also taking inspiration from Halep, who has risen from outside of the top 50 a year ago to world number four, winning seven titles.
"She played well, yes, but I didn't feel she was a total different level," said Watson. "She took advantage of a blip I had in the first set of not making many balls.
"That's what they do, the top players, they don't make any unforced errors. I know what I need to work on, but I also know that I'm not far off.
"With the women's game you've got players like Halep who have just shot up, (Sara) Errani when she came up, shot up.
"It's all about confidence in the women's game. You see these players just go off and start rising so quickly. I feel like we can all do that."