Watson reaches Hobart final

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Published: Friday 16th January 2015 by The News Editor

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British number one Heather Watson battled the elements and her nerves to reach the final of the Hobart International on Friday.

In a match played in strong winds and interrupted six times by rain, Watson defeated American Alison Riske 6-3 7-5 to continue her impressive preparation for next week’s Australian Open.

The world number 49 recovered from 3-1 down in the opening set to win the next five games in succession and also came back from the same deficit in the second.

Leading 5-4, Watson let her first two match points slip but had just set up a third when heavy rain forced the players from the court once again.

That led to a delay of an hour and it was hardly surprising that Watson served a double fault when play eventually resumed and followed that by losing the next two points and her serve.

However, the 22-year-old promptly broke Riske’s serve to lead 6-5 and this time served out for a place in Saturday’s final.

Published: Friday 16th January 2015 by The News Editor

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