Britains Watson wins first WTA title at Japan Open
Date published :
14 Oct 2012 - 10:47:23
Heather Watson became the first British woman in 24 years to win a WTA singles title after edging past Chang Kai-chen of Taiwan at the Japan Women's Open tennis tournament on Sunday.
The unseeded 20-year-old Watson, playing in her first WTA final, squandered a match point when leading one set and 5-3, hitting a double fault. She had to save four match points when 5-4 down in the final set before winning 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7/4).
She became the first Briton to win a WTA title since Sara Gomer in Aptos, California back in 1988.
Until a few weeks ago no Briton had even reached a WTA final in 22 years until Laura Robson broke the drought with her run to the final in Guangzhou, China.
Watson has also won three ITF titles, at Wrexham and Toronto in 2010 and at Frinton in 2009.
Watson, who received the winner's cheque of 37,000 dollars, will be back to the centre court later Sunday for the doubles final with Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm against top seed Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.
Watson will try to become the first Briton to win both the singles and doubles at the same WTA tournament since Anne Hobbs in 1985.