Second seed didn’t drop a set en route to the title
Ends a long run of disappointing form
FUKUOKA, JAPAN – Heather Watson entered the ITF event and was seeded second. Looking to end a long run of disappointing results the Brit didn’t drop a set.
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Heather Watson entered the ITF event in Fukuoka Japan and was seeded second. Having experienced a long disappointing run of form, Watson was hoping to gain some wins and some confidence. In the first round the Brit was up against Himeno Sakatsume. The Japanese was no match for Watson who strolled through dropping only three games. The seed moved into the next round in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
The second round saw the seed against Leonie Küng. The Swiss could barely hold serve in the first set, and Watson took advantage breaking twice to take the lead. In the second set Küng fought back and held serve more, however it was the seed that managed to break through and take the match 6-2, 6-4.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against fifth En-Shuo Liang. The Taiwanese player struggled against Watson, with the seed securing an early break in the first set. The Brit was on the same kind of form in the second set and the fifth seed could do nothing to keep up. Ultimately Watson took the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
The semi-final saw the Brit face the fourth seed Kristie Ahn. The American pushed Watson in the beginning of the match, however the second seed secured the break of serve to take the lead. In the second set the pair were very evenly matched, with the score level Ahn retired from the match meaning that Watson moved into the final in straight sets 6-3, 2-2 RET.
In the final Watson was against the top seed Zarina Diyas. The Kazakh proved to be the toughest opponent so far. Diyas and Watson stayed toe to toe in the first set and a tiebreak followed. The Brit dominated the breaker losing only one point. The second set was just as close, with neither Diyas or Watson giving an inch. Just like the first set a tiebreak ensued. The Brit once again took control and moved through easily to take the title, bringing an end to the title drought 7-6(1), 7-6(4).
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