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Heather Watson wins Japanese Open
« on: 10:22:38, 14/10/12 »
Heather Watson has become the first British woman to win a WTA singles title since 1988 after beating Chang Kai-chen in the Japan Open final.
Watson, who had served for the match at 5-3 in the second set, saved four match points when 5-4 down in the third.
The world number 71 recovered to be victorious in the deciding tie-break, winning 7-5 5-7 7-6 (7-4).
Sara Gomer was the last British woman to win on the tour, four years before 20-year-old Watson was born.
   HEATHER WATSON FACTS
  • Born in Guernsey
  • Started playing tennis aged 7
  • Moved to Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida aged 12
  • 2009 US junior champion
  • Joined WTA Tour in 2010
  • Reached third round of Wimbledon in 2012
  • Watson's win in Osaka comes less than a month after compatriot Laura Robson made it to the final of the Guangzhou Open in China, becoming the first British woman to reach a WTA singles final since Jo Durie in 1990.
    Watson had not previously gone past the quarter-finals of a WTA event and will now replace Robson as the British number one.
    The 2009 US Open girls' champion earned 16 break points but conceded 17 in a see-saw battle with world number 134 Chang.
    Watson broke four times in the first set, only to drop her serve three times in the second to let the 21-year-old from Chinese Taipei back in to the contest.
    And Chang, who beat Sam Stosur in the semi-finals, looked set for victory when she held three match points when serving in the 10th game of the decider.
    But Watson, from Guernsey, fought back, and sealed the biggest success of her career with her second match point in the tie-break.
       Match stats 
    Watson Chang  3 Aces 0 2 Double faults 7 71% 1st serve 60% 56% 1st serve points won 62% 50% 2nd serve points won 44% 7/17 Break points won 7/16 129/258 Total points won 129/258
    She has also reached the doubles final alongside Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm.
    They will play United States pair Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones, with Watson bidding to become the first Briton to win both the singles and doubles at the same WTA tournament since Anne Hobbs in 1985.
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