Heather Watson secures third WTA singles title

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Great Britain’s Heather Watson won her third WTA Tour singles title by beating Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 3-6 6-2 6-3 in the Abierto Monterrey Afirme final.

Watson lost the opening set, concluded by Flipkens’ first ace, but broke twice in the second to force a decider.

There, the two players traded service breaks before Watson crucially earned another to lead 5-3, giving her the chance to serve out the match.

She trailed 15-40 but battled back to force match point, which she took with an unreturnable body serve.

Watson, who remains without a coach following her temporary link with Judy Murray, brought on her mother Michelle as on-court coach when 5-2 down in the first set.

And Watson admitted having her mother around made it an extra special day.

In the post-match presentation, the British number two said: “It’s the first time my mum’s seen me win a title and it’s Mother’s Day back in England, so Happy Mother’s day mum!”

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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