London, England – Great Britain's Heather Watson gained entry into the women's singles draw at the London Olympics Tuesday after Alona Bondarenko withdrew because of an injury.
The Ukrainian Bondarenko, who has actually not played since last October, pulled out because of a right knee injury.
After she withdrew, her replacement was chosen by a rule stating that those who withdraw after midnight on July 20 are replaced by the next highest-ranked player already entered in the event.
That player was Watson, world No. 67, and she showed her excitement on Twitter:
"Yes it's confirmed... I'm in the Olympic singles!!!!!!"
She becomes the third British player in the women's singles event, joining Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha. Watson is also playing doubles with Laura Robson.
The 20-year-old Watson recently reached the third round at Wimbledon before losing to Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, the eventual runner-up.