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Watson beats world no. 35 to reach last eight in Luxembourg

Heather Watson recorded her biggest win since Wimbledon as she beat the world number 35, Anett Kontaveit, 6-4 6-4 to progress to the quarter-finals of the Luxembourg Open.

The Guernsey star will now play Belgium’s Elise Mertens, ranked three placed below Kontaveit, as she looks to build on her best run since July.

Watson had gone seven tournaments without a main draw win, but will take some much-needed confidence from two straight sets victories already this week.


Heather Watson out in second round of French Open

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Heather Watson's French Open ended in the second round for the fifth time as she came off second best against former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

It was a tough draw for Watson against a player who won the title in 2009 and has reached at least the quarter-finals on six other occasions.

The Sarnian competed well in the second set but her serve was vulnerable throughout and she went down 6-1 6-3 in and hour and 12 minutes.

The British number two did not hold her serve for the first 48 minutes of the match, losing her first five service games.

Kuznetsova was much the stronger in the opening set and Watson bounced her racket angrily on the ground in the third game as she struggled to gain a foothold.

The second set was much more competitive, with Watson finally holding serve to lead 2-1, but she then lost four games in a row.

She had her chances, particularly in a lengthy seventh game, but the power of Kuznetsova ultimately told.

Watson has made the second round at Roland Garros in five of the last six years but has not been able to take the next step.

The 24-year-old's exit marked the end of British interest in the women's singles, with Johanna Konta and Laura Robson both having lost in the first round.

Watson to face doubles partner Gibbs in French Open

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Guernsey-born Heather Watson, who just turned 24 this week, will face world number 72 Nicole Gibbs in the first round of the French Open this weekend.

Ironically, Gibbs will also be Watson's doubles partner in Paris.

Watson is currently ranked 54 in the world but she will look to improve that at Rolland Garros, where she has progressed to the second round in four of the past five years.

She was knocked out of the year's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in the first round by Hungary's Timea Babos. But she also won her third WTA title earlier this year at the Monterey Open in March.

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