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Watson positive about Grass after reaching Surbiton final


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Heather Watson and Magdalena Rybarikova at the Surbiton final

Britain’s Heather Watson remained upbeat about the rest of her grass-court season after losing out to Magdalena Rybarikova in the final of the Aegon Surbiton Trophy.

Watson was beaten 6-4, 7-5 by the Slovakian, who recorded her third title of the year since coming back from a seven-month injury lay-off.

Watson was given overwhelming support from the sell-out crowd at Surbiton and says the week has given her confidence for the entire grass court season.

“I am pleased with getting to the final of Surbiton,” Watson said. “If somebody had have have told me that I was going to make a final in my first week on grass, I would have taken it and signed. I think it's great to play here for the first time, stay at home. A really good week, I have really enjoyed it."

It is great to have so many Brits go so deep in this tournament. We all like playing on the grass.

"It is great to have so many Brits go so deep in this tournament. We all like playing on the grass and I think the British players are going to have a really good grass court season.”

Rybarikova was understandably delighted to lift the ITF Pro Circuit $100,000 prize after such a lengthy time out with injury, during which she underwent surgery twice.

"I would say I have done amazing because in February I was ranked 500 and didn't play a match for seven months,” Rybarikova said. “I would say it is amazing, I didn't expect to play so well, so now I just hope that I am going to stay healthy and be back where I was before."

One the men’s side, the title was a tightly contested affair, won by Japan’s Yuchi Sugita with a 7-6 7-6 victory over Jordan Thompson of Australia.

"I am 29 years old and now am at my highest ranking, this is a big win for me this week,” Sugita said. “I will try as much as I can to improve my ranking on grass this season."

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