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Watson: I can be world No. 1

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Heather Watson became the first British woman to win a WTA singles title in 24 years on Sunday © Getty Images
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Heather Watson believes she has the mental toughness to elevate herself to the very top of the women's game, following her historic triumph at the weekend.

Watson beat Chang Kai-chen at the Japan Open on Sunday to become the first British woman to win a WTA singles title in 24 years.

With the victory, she has usurped Laura Robson as the British No. 1, and entered the top 50 of the world rankings. Now she feels she can storm all the way to the world No. 1 position, currently held by Victoria Azarenka.

"I definitely believe in myself. I wouldn't be in the game if I didn't. I have the mental toughness and the capability to do it," Watson told BBC Sport.

"You know all these girls think the same thing, so it's just who can do it, and I'm just going to do whatever it takes."

Watson and Robson, who won Olympic silver with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles, are ushering in a promising new era of women's tennis in Britain after years in the doldrums.

"I think we have been starving a little bit for a female player to come through," Watson said. "At the moment me and Laura are coming through at the beginning stages of our career and it's exciting."

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