Watson into Hobart quarter-finals

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Published: Tuesday 13th January 2015 by The News Editor

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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.

With the start of the Australian Open approaching next week, Watson told BBC Sport: “This is how I want to play consistently. I’m feeling good, confident and very comfortable coming to the net.”

Kurumi Nara ended Johanna Larsson’s challenge with a 7-6 (7/1) 6-4 triumph and the Japanese will now challenge either third seed Camila Giorgi or Kaia Kanepi for a semi-final place.

Published: Tuesday 13th January 2015 by The News Editor

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