Thanks for all the thought. What a great site. The context, which I should have made clearer, is that she doesn"t look forward to a major tournament because she doesn"t like tennis and her brother wants to watch every minute of it. The tone should be slightly amusing. "His sister, not yet a tennis player, came to ___ the two weeks of a major tournament." In this context, I think something like
"Apprehensive"1 or "Apprehend"2 may be the word you"re looking for.
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E.g. She was apprehensive about the next two weeks of the tournament.
Or "She became/came to be apprehensive about the coming weeks of the tournament"
Alternatively, "She came to apprehend the two weeks of a major tournament"
Though I tend to generally avoid the use of the word in this form as it can easily be misunderstood as the verb of a different definition
Adjective meaning to feel uneasy, anxious or fearful about something.
I would say that the antonym of look forward to would be have reservations about:
She came to have reservations about the two weeks of a major tournament.
From Merriam-Webster"s definition of reservation:
2 b : DOUBT, MISGIVING // had serious reservations about marriage
Of course, have misgivings about could also be used.
If you need a single word, then:
She came to question the two weeks of a major tournament. OR She came to doubt the two weeks of a major tournament.
Feeling or showing worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. ‘she was extremely anxious about her exams’ ‘an anxious look’ Oxford Living Dictionaries
For your usage:
She was anxious during the two weeks before a major tournament.
Regret< ri-gret >
verb (used with object), re·gret·ted, re·gret·ting.
1) to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.): He no sooner spoke than he regretted it.
"His sister, not yet a tennis player, would come to regret the two weeks of a major tournament."
foreboding (Cambridge Dictionary)
a feeling that something very bad is going to happen soon
She had a strange foreboding about the next two weeks of the tournament.
I would recommend "despair".
According to Merriam-Webster"s Dictionary (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/despair):
: to lose all hope or confidence
despair of winning
obsolete : to lose hope for
Reluctance< ri-luhk-tuh ns >
1) unwillingness; disinclination.
reluctant< ri-luhk-tuhnt >
1) unwilling; disinclined:
“His sister, not yet a tennis player, is reluctant about the two weeks of a major tournament."
“His sister is reluctant about the two weeks of a major tournament because she is not yet a tennis pgreat ."
“His sister’s reluctance about the two weeks of a major tournament is because she is not yet a tennis pgreat ."
Reticent< ret-uh-suhnt >
1) disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved. ￼ 2) reluctant or restrained.
See also reticence
She came to be apathetic to the next two weeks of her tournament.
Apathetic means having or showing no interest about a thing which is going to happen.
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worry I was first going to suggest fear, but that"s almost as far along the spectrum as dread.
Edited to add the (pretty obvious, I must say) about because of downvotes. It works:"She came to worry about the two weeks of a major tournament."
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