Heather Watson makes history in Osaka
Heather Watson has become the first British woman in 24 years to win a WTA singles title, capturing the HP Open in Osaka.
Watson edged Chinese Taipei's Chang Kai-Chen in the deciding tie-break, winning 7-5 5-7 7-6(4).
As a result of this win, 20 year-old Watson has claimed the British No.1 spot jumping 21 places to a career high of world No.50. In another career high move, Laura Robson sits at 52.
"I was in the changing room afterwards, changing my clothes, and I thought to myself, 'Did I really win?' So it's just starting to settle in," Watson said. "I've worked so hard for this moment my whole career - that's why I practised so hard, ran all those miles and lifted all those weights, for moments like this."
The British No.2 is now the first Brit to win a WTA title since Sara Gomer at Aptos in 1988. Watson's win also comes less than a month after 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.
"Britain has been breaking quite a few records recently, so I'm happy I could break another one today. I'm proud to do this for my country."
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Meanwhile in the doubles, Watson and partner Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan finished as the runners-up missing out to top seeded American pairing Abigail Spears & Raquel Kops-Jones 6-1, 6-4.
Heather Watson reaches final in Japan
Heather Watson has reached the first WTA final of her career after beating home favourite Misaki Doi in straight sets 7-6(2), 7-5.
The British No.2 meets Chang Kai-Chen who defeated top Sam Stosur and fellow Briton Laura Robson.
Heather Watson through to semi-finals in Japan but Laura Robson goes out
Heather Watson has progressed through to the semi-finals of the HP Open while British No.1 Laura Robson missed out in a close final set.
World No.71 Watson played Pauline Parmentier of France to seal her place in the last four where she meets Misaki Doi of Japan.
Robson however could not join her compatriot in the latter stages of the draw, as she lost out to Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4) in just under two hours.
In the doubles Heather Watson and partner Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan are through to the semi-finals after a 7-6(7), 6-1 win over Shuko Aoyama (JPN) & Megan Moulton-Levy (USA). In the final four, fourth seeds Watson & Date-Krumm take on second seeds Jie Zheng (CHN) & Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP).
Watson and Robson through to quarter-finals in Osaka
Top British women Heather Watson and Laura Robson have progressed into the HP Open quarter-finals after second round success in Osaka.
World No.56 Robson faced qualifier Ti-Miao Zhou of China coming through in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to set up a quarter-final meeting with Kai-Chen Chang (TPE).
World No.71 Watson had a bigger fight on her hands when she faced sixth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues. After narrowly missing out on the opening set in the breaker at 6-7(4), the British No.2 then fought back to take the next two sets 6-2, 6-3.
Watson plays Pauline Parmentier of France for a place in the last four.
Robson joins Watson in second round of HP Open
Laura Robson joins fellow Briton Heather Watson in the second round of the HP Open in Osaka after a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Greek Eleni Daniilidou.
The British No.1 plays qualifier Ti-Miao Zhou of China for a place in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile in the doubles Heather Watson and partner Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan have progressed to the second round after a 6-3, 6-2 win over Eugenie Bouchard & Alexa Glatch.
Heather Watson wins opening match in Osaka
Heather Watson has begun her HP Open campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Slovenian Polona Hercog.
The British No.2, who is ranked 71 in the world, will play either Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues or Italian Camila Giorgi.
Fellow Briton Laura Robson is seeded eighth in Japan and plays Greek Eleni Daniilidou in her opening round match on Tuesday.
In the doubles 20 year-old Watson has partnered with Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan.