LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 14 September 2009 43 Britchamp Heatheris newHingis HEATHER WATSON is being compared to former Wimbledon champion Martina Hingis following her US Open girls singles triumph. Nigel Sears, Daniela Hantuchovas ex-coach who now heads up womens coaching at the Lawn Tennis Association, saw Watson, 17, beat world girls No1 Yana Buchina in straight sets in the final and said: Heather reminds me of Martina Hingis at that age. She is a well-balanced player who anticipates well, has great footwork and a great instinct for the game. Shes a very complete all-round player. Laura Robson, 15, may be a more likely candidate to challenge at the top end of the womens game, but after Watsons glory in New York the focus is on the girl from Guernsey, schooled in Florida. After her 6-4, 6-1 win over Buchina, Watson said: At 12 I decided, because I live on Guernsey and there arent many places to train, that Id go to a tennis school. I decided I wanted to go to Nick Bolletieris place, I like that there were a lot of people, a lot of competition. Thats my girl: Heather Watson is congratulated by her Mother Just another Juan ROGERFEDERERadmitstonightsUS Open final wont quite match the atmosphere of his record-breaking Wimbledon win in July. TheSwissgenius,27,goesforhis16th Grand Slam in New York against big- hitting Argentine sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro looking every inch the world No1. But after his sparkling 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 semi-final triumph over Novak Djoko- vic secured a record six consecutive final at Flushing Meadows, Federer (below, playing one extraordinary shot through his legs) insisted: Right now Im relaxed. Well see how I feel before the final. I never know, its a feeling that all of a sudden comes up. I was pretty nervous going in to todays semi-final and its going to be interesting to see how I handle it tomorrow. I dont think Pete Sampras is coming for a start, but just knowing he was there at Wimbledon and Rod Laver was there and Bjorn Borg was there, many of the greats, maybe wanting to witness tennis history -- i t d e f i n i t e l y i n c r e a s e d t h e pressure. So I feel a little b i t d i f f e r e n t here. Imean,things go very quickly here. Youre playing Sunday, Monday, you d o n t h ave much time to think about it. You just take things in your stride. Federer, who became a father for the first time earlier this summer when new wife Mirka gave birth to twin girls, said he now had a different moti- vation to succeed in the slams. It will be great to get the first slam as a dad. Keep the momentum going, win three in a row. It will be something very special. Victory for Federer would also make him the first man since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win six US Open titles in a row -- and the first since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the French, Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year. Del Potro will be his sixth different opponent in as many US Open finals dat- ing back to his first win in 2004. The Argentine, who defeated thirdseedRafaelNadal6-2,6-2, 6-2 in his semi-final, took Federer to five sets in the French Open semi-finals on clay in June but he admitted this could be an even trickier assignment. Del Potro recalls: When I was playing Roger in the French Open I was so close. On that surface it was much better for me and tomorrow the surface is going to help him. But I have a good feeling. 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Whenrecalls:PotroDel theinRogerplayingwasI close.sowasIOpenFrench muchwasitsurfacethatOn tomorrowandmeforbetter the togoingissurface Live, Sky Sports 1, 6pm This wasnt in the script says new Open champ KIM CLIJSTERS admitted winning the US Open a month after coming out of retirement had never been on the cards when she decided to return to tennis. Belgian Clijsters (above), 26 and playing on a wild card invitation, defeated ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 7-5 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in just the third tournament since coming out of a 27-month retirement during which she became a mother for the first time. This was not really our plan, said the champion whose 18-month-old daughter Jada was in the stadium to see her mother win. 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