Hobart International: Heather Watson beats Donna Vekic to reach semi-finals

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Heather Watson beat America’s Madison Brengle in the final of the Hobart International in 2015

British number two Heather Watson beat world number 55 Donna Vekic to make the semi-finals of the Hobart International in Australia.

Watson won 6-0 6-4 to reach her second WTA Tour semi-final since winning the Monterrey Open in March 2016.

The world number 74, who won the title in Tasmania in 2015, had a 6-0 5-0 lead but had to dig deep as her Croatian opponent won four games in a row.

Watson, 25, will face defending champion Elise Mertens on Friday.

She last reached the semi-finals of a tour event at Eastbourne in 2017.

“My confidence is very high at the moment,” Watson said. “At the beginning of the year, you want a lot of matches and that’s definitely what I’ve gotten the last two weeks.

“Every match I play, I feel like I’m getting better and better, tennis-wise and mentally.”



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