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Watson clinches Hobart title

January 17, 2015 09:54:56 UK

Britain’s Heather Watson claimed the second WTA Tour title of her career with a straight sets win over American qualifier Madison Brengle in the final of the Hobart International.

The World No 49 has impressed during the pre-Australian Open tournament, not dropping a set on her way to her first tour title since winning the Japan Open in 2012.

Watson’s win means she is the first British woman since Anne Hobbs in 1985 to claim two WTA Tour title in her career and she is now priced at 251.00 for the Australian Open, which starts next week.

The 22-year-old has laid down a marker in Hobart, beating seeds Sloane Stephens and Roberta Vinci before taking care of Brengle in the final 6-3 6-4.

The Guernsey native started the final as the favourite, with Brengle competing in her first WTA final, but it was the American who got out of the block quickly, taking a 3-1 lead in the first set.

However, the Brit got to grips with the windy conditions and levelled the set before reeling off three games on the bounce to take the opener.

With Brengle struggling with a blister to her right hand, Watson broke in the second at 4-3 before serving out the match to clinch the Hobart International title.

“When I won Osaka in 2012, it was more of a surprise,” said Watson. “But here, I feel like I belong.

“I’m obviously very happy. It was tough conditions again today, very windy, and I knew Madison would be tough – we know each other very well on and off the court, and we practise a lot in Florida.

“It really was my toughest match of the week. I was happy I stayed mentally strong and managed to get ahead and hold my nerve at the end.”

Watson will now head to Melbourne to start her preparations for the Australian Open, with the British No 1 set to play Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in round one on Tuesday.

Watson is 1.83 to reach the second round, with Pironkova 1.83.

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Watson clinches Hobart title

January 17, 2015 09:54:56 UK

Britain’s Heather Watson claimed the second WTA Tour title of her career with a straight sets win over American qualifier Madison Brengle in the final of the Hobart International.

The World No 49 has impressed during the pre-Australian Open tournament, not dropping a set on her way to her first tour title since winning the Japan Open in 2012.

Watson’s win means she is the first British woman since Anne Hobbs in 1985 to claim two WTA Tour title in her career and she is now priced at 251.00 for the Australian Open, which starts next week.

The 22-year-old has laid down a marker in Hobart, beating seeds Sloane Stephens and Roberta Vinci before taking care of Brengle in the final 6-3 6-4.

The Guernsey native started the final as the favourite, with Brengle competing in her first WTA final, but it was the American who got out of the block quickly, taking a 3-1 lead in the first set.

However, the Brit got to grips with the windy conditions and levelled the set before reeling off three games on the bounce to take the opener.

With Brengle struggling with a blister to her right hand, Watson broke in the second at 4-3 before serving out the match to clinch the Hobart International title.

“When I won Osaka in 2012, it was more of a surprise,” said Watson. “But here, I feel like I belong.

“I’m obviously very happy. It was tough conditions again today, very windy, and I knew Madison would be tough – we know each other very well on and off the court, and we practise a lot in Florida.

“It really was my toughest match of the week. I was happy I stayed mentally strong and managed to get ahead and hold my nerve at the end.”

Watson will now head to Melbourne to start her preparations for the Australian Open, with the British No 1 set to play Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in round one on Tuesday.

Watson is 1.83 to reach the second round, with Pironkova 1.83.

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