Updated: 25/09/2012 09:57 | By pa.press.net

Watson stuns Lisicki in Tokyo



Heather Watson is through to the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open

Heather Watson is through to the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open

Heather Watson enjoyed one of the best wins of her career on Monday by overcoming Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the opening round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open.

Watson, who had not won a match on the main tour since the London Olympics, triumphed 6-4 7-6 (7/3) in Tokyo.

Lisicki, who has slipped to number 30 in the world rankings from a career-high 12 in May, conceded a solitary break of serve in the opening set and was unable to hit back on the four opportunities she created. The second set went to a tie-breaker, which the 20-year-old from Guernsey won to set up a second-round clash with former world number one Maria Sharapova.

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24/09/2012 13:07
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Great effort Heather,British tennis is starting to look very healthy at the moment.
24/09/2012 12:24
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I prefer Laura but it would be great to see both girls rise up through the rankings. A great win, Heather, well done!
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