Heather Watson fights back to win in Miami

Heather Watson defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium in their third round match at the Miami Open.  Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Heather Watson defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium in their third round match at the Miami Open. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
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British No.2 Heather Watson battled back from losing the opening set to beat Yanina Wickmayer 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a hard-fought third-round clash lasting more than two and a half hours at the Miami Open.

Watson had pulled off a shock victory over 20th seeded American Sloane Stephens in round two, but was soon trailing 3-0 in the opening set out on Court Seven.

However, the world No.69 rallied to hold serve and then force a break of her own. Wickmayer moved 40-0 ahead on Watson’s next serve and quickly converted the break-back chance to move 4-2 ahead.

Watson, though, recovered again to break as neither player produced confident service games, then failed to hold herself.

Guernsey’s Watson had lost all three of her previous contests with the 26-year-old Belgian and the second set continued with some erratic serving by both women.

After Watson needed to dig deep to retain her serve, she eventually moved 6-5 ahead and went on to level the match.

The momentum was now back with the Briton, although the deciding set followed serve until Watson was able to break to lead 5-3. This time she made no mistake to book a place in round four.

Watson will next play Simona Halep after the fifth seed from Romania beat Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-1.

In the men’s event, Kyle Edmund gave a display of his quality but could not stave off a straight-sets loss to Novak Djokovic. The Beverley-based 21-year-old impressed but lost 6-3, 6-3 on the Stadium court in round two.