BBC Sport - Australian Open: Heather Watson feels stronger after illness

Watson feeling 'stronger' than ever

Britain's Heather Watson says she feels "stronger" than before her illness, after making it through the qualifying rounds at the Australian Open.

Watson secured her place in the main draw with a tense win over American Irina Falconi 6-4 7-6 (7-1) and goes on to play 31st seed Daniela Hantuchova at 00:00 GMT on Monday.

The 21-year-old British number three is currently ranked 120th after a disappointing 2013, blighted by a bout of glandular fever. However, Watson insists she can make an impact at the first major tournament of the year.

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