DAILY MAIL / London
On Wednesday, the 20-year-old became the first British woman to reach the third round of the championships in ten years.
But it is not just skill and grace that has endeared Heather to the public. She has a disarming charm and broad smile.
Endearingly, she believes her regular breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, with toast on the side, has helped bring her success.
So where did this young star spring from? She was born and raised on Guernsey, but her story began thousands of miles away in Papua New Guinea.
About 25 years ago, Heather’s father, Ian, met a young student called Michelle in Port Moresby.
She was from a remote village in the north of the country. The couple fell in love and decided to spend their lives together.
When Mr Watson’s four-year contract was up, they moved back to Europe and settled in Guernsey.
The young family enjoyed an enviable lifestyle. Home was a large house on the west coast and Heather was privately educated at Guernsey’s Ladies’ College.
She was ‘spotted’ playing tennis at the King’s Life sports club in the capital, St Peter Port, and quickly marked out for greatness. As it became clear she had real promise, her family decided she should train at the £25,000-a-year Bollettieri Academy in Florida.
So at the age of 12, Heather flew out to Florida. At first she boarded at the academy, but at the age of 16 she decided to get her own place.
Her father recalled: ‘I cried my eyes out at Guernsey airport, seeing them both leave, but it was what Heather wanted and it was the best thing to do.’
Heather is totally focused on her tennis and is not believed to have a boyfriend.
Last year, she was devastated when she crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round. But this year – so far – has been a very different story.