‘I wasn’t necessarily playing my best, but I stuck in there,’ says Heather Watson after Acapulco win

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Heather Watson

Heather Watson came back from a set down to beat CoCo Vandweghe in the Mexican Open, admitting afterwards that she was pleased with the way she fought back.

Playing on the WTA Tour for the first time since exiting the Australian Open in the second round, Watson threw away an early advantage and eventually required three sets to beat Vandweghe, winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 31 minutes.

The seventh-seeded Watson twice found herself a break up in the opening set, but the American hit back strongly on each occasion and then claimed a third break in game 10 to take the set.

One break in the second set and two in the decider were enough to earn the British No 2 the win.

“I’m very pleased with the match today. CoCo is such a great player,” Watson said. “She’s been a top player for so long, I’ve known her for so long, and I know how well she can play.

“If I’m honest, I didn’t feel like I had much rest. From the Australian Open, I had a week at home, but then I went straight to Fed Cup and was there the whole week. Fed Cup is a very high-stress environment, and I feel like I’m just about recovered to be here now.”

She added: “She’s been out with injury. She had nothing to lose,” Watson assessed. “I don’t think she’s playing at her best yet, but today was extremely tough. It was tough conditions. It’s hot out there, and the ball really gets up high.

“I was just pleased with how well I fought. I wasn’t necessarily playing my best either, but I stuck in there. I’m just really enjoying being out there, enjoying my tennis.”

Watson will face Kateryna Bondarenko in the second round after the Ukrainian beat Danka Kovinic 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-2.

Second seed Wang Yafan crashed out as the Chinese player was suffered a 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) defeat at the hands of her compatriot Wang Xiy.

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