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Watson fights back to reach Australian Open second round


By Jonathan Jurejko

BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

Heather Watson

Heather Watson reached the third round of the Australian Start in 2013
2020 Australian Start
Venue:Melbourne ParkDates:20 January to 2 February
Coverage:Heart of attention on BBC Radio 5 Dwell Sports Extra and online; Dwell text on chosen matches on the BBC Sport web page and app.

Britain’s Heather Watson showed gargantuan fight in blustery prerequisites to protect her Australian Start first-round match in opposition to Czech Kristyna Pliskova.

Watson, ranked 75th, acquired 4-6 6-3 6-1 at Melbourne Park.

The prerequisites made for a scrappy match which the 27-one year-worn battled succor to protect in a single hour and 58 minutes.

Watson, who is one among three Britons to achieve the 2nd round within the singles, would possibly perhaps well face Belgian 16th seed Elise Mertens next.

Mertens faces Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic later on Wednesday as, take care of Watson, she had to come succor a day later as a of the backlog of matches triggered by Monday’s rain washout.

Watson joins compatriots Harriet Plod and Dan Evans in a hit their openers.

Evans, seeded 30th, performs his 2nd-round match in opposition to Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka later on Wednesday.

The British quantity 1 knows there’s a solid risk that Serbia’s defending champion Novak Djokovic awaits him within the third round if he beats world quantity 71 Nishioka.

Watson has no longer enjoyed many victories within the Famous Slams currently, exhibiting her pleasure at digging in and beating 65th-ranked Pliskova with a giant smile and tight clenched fist in direction of her box.

The Guernsey participant had acquired most productive one match in her last six appearances within the main draw in Melbourne however had come here in ethical catch after reaching the semi-finals of the Hobart International earlier this month.

In complex prerequisites all the procedure in which through which each avid gamers struggled at cases with their ball toss, Watson sooner or later dealt with them better as Pliskova – twin sister of 2nd seed Karolina – started to uncover her frustration.

Watson’s provider sport improved as the match wore on and she or he continued to hit a real movement of winners to clinch most productive her third protect at a Famous Slam within the past two years.

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