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Watson progresses to quarters in Hobart

Heather Watson won in straight sets. Credit: PA

Heather Watson's preparation for the Australian Open remained on track as she beat Sloane Stephens to reach the quarter-finals of the Hobart International.

The 22-year-old world number 49 needed a little over an hour to dispatch American Stephens 6-3 6-1 and the Briton will next play Roberta Vinci. The Italian two-time US Open quarter-finalist fought back to beat Annika Beck of Germany 3-6 6-3 6-3.

Watson: 'My game isn't back yet' after Wimbledon loss

British number two Heather Watson has said that recent illness held her back after she was knocked out of Wimbledon by American Madison Keys.

Watson, who suffered from glandular fever earlier this year, said:

I feel like my game isn't back yet.

I don't think I served well today. I didn't have a high first-serve percentage.

My reactions are slow. I'm not moving like I usually move, getting balls back.

I don't feel like my game's there yet, so that will come back with time.

I knew going in it was going to be a tough one - and it was.

– Heather Watson


Heather Watson crashes out of Wimbledon

Great Britain's Heather Watson in action against USA's Madison Keys during day two of the Wimbledon Championships Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

British number two Heather Watson has crashed out of Wimbledon after losing to American Madison Keys.

The 18-year-old rising star beat the British hopeful 6-3, 7-5 to reach the second round of the tournament.

Heather Watson wins Japan Open

Britain's Heather Watson has beaten Chang Kai-Chen (Taiwan) 7-5 5-7 7-6(4) in the Japan Open Women's Singles Final.

Heather became the first Briton to win a WTA Tour singles title in 24 years by winning a marathon match.

She beat Kai-chen of Chinese Taipei in the final of the HP Open in Osaka.

The 20-year-old from Guernsey looked to have thrown her way her chance of victory.

Having served for the match at 5-3 in the second set, she fell a break down and faced match point in the decider.

But she broke back before finally clinching a win in three hours 11 minutes.

Watson has followed in the footsteps of Sara Gomer, the last British winner of a singles title on the WTA Tour in California in 1988.


Watson elated after maiden WTA Tour win

This is my first WTA title so I'm really happy right now. It's such a nice feeling getting to the end of the week and being the last ones here. We knew it wasn't going to be an easy match today - they're both great players and we knew we would really have to win it, they weren't going to give it to us.

– Heather Watson - British womens number 1 tennis player

Laura Robson congratulates Watson

Laura Robson has congratulated Heather Watson and Marina Erakovic after they were crowned Bank of the West Classic champions. Robson and Watson will play together as Team GB's womens doubles team in the Olympics.

Heather Watson claims first WTA Tour title

Heather Waston impressed on the grass courts of Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Heather Watson's Olympic preparations took another boost last night as the 20 year-old claimed her first WTA Tour doubles title.

The British number 1 and partner Marina Erakovic beat top seeds Vania King and Jarmila Gajdosova in straight sets in the final of the Bank of the West Classic.

Watson and her partner from New Zealand had already beaten the second and third seeds on their way to the final, where they came out 7-5 7-6 (9/7) winners against players ranked seventh and 37th in the world.

She will now turn her attention to the Mercury Insurance Open in California next week, before being partnered by Laura Robson as one half of Team GB's Olympic womens tennis doubles team.

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