Heather Watson has made a great return to the grass, arriving back in the capital, where the Brit was seeded sixth. The first round had Watson playing against Alla Kudryavtseva. The Russian pushed the sixth seed hard in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit was not taking that and dominated the breaker to seal the set. The second was very much one way traffic as Watson came out on top and didn’t look back, taking the match in straight sets. 7-6(2), 6-1.
The second round saw the Brit against Jana Fett. After dominating the first set the sixth seed was broken for the first time in the match in the second set. The Croatian had drawn level in the match. This just spurred Watson on and returning to the first set performance the Brit dominated to seal a place in the quarter final 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
In the quarter-final it was guaranteed a Brit in the Semi final as Watson was against Katy Dunne. The battle of the Brits was won by the sixth seed. Totally dominating once again in the first set Watson had no trouble securing a lead very quickly. The second set was closer as Dunne started to fight back and force the breaker. Watson edged the breaker to land a spot in the semi final 6-1, 7-6(6).
The semi-final was another battle of the Brits as Watson faced Harriet Dart. The sixth seed was all over Dart and had little trouble booking a final spot dominating the match and losing only three games. 6-1, 6-2
In the final Watson played Magdalena Rybarikova. The Slovakian managed to break Watson in both of the sets to end the run at the final stage. A very good week for Watson and bodes well for the rest of the grass season. 4-6, 5-7.
Challenger & ITF round up
Katie Boulter lost in the first round of Surbiton 3-6, 5-7
Tara Moore lost in the first round to Naomi Broady 2-6, 3-6
Laura Robson lost in the first round 7-6(5), 3-6, 2-6
Gabriella Taylor lost in the first round to Dunne 6-3, 4-6, 3-6
Broady lost in the quarter final 5-7, 6-7(1)
James Ward made his return to the circuit after months out for injury, lost to Dan Evans in first round 3-6, 1-6
Jay Clarke lost in the first round 4-6, 3-6
Cameron Norrie lost in the second round 4-6, 6-7(2)
Dan Evans made the quarter final and was 3-6, 4-2 up when he was forced to retire with a very painful look calf injury – making his appearance in Nottingham doubtful
Next week Brits play in Nottingham, s-Hertogenbosch, Stuttgart & Manchester
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