Heather Watson reaches Hobart International semi-finals after rain-delayed win

Heather Watson
Watson will play Czech world number 62 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round of the Australian Open
2020 Australian Open
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 20 January to 2 February
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British number two Heather Watson made it through to the semi-finals of the Hobart International with a 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 7-5 win over Elise Mertens.

Following a rain delay at 4-4 in the second set, Watson broke the Belgian and held serve to level the match.

There were seven breaks of serve in the third set, with the decisive one coming when Watson went 6-5 up.

The 27-year-old held serve for victory in three hours 33 minutes to progress in an event she won in 2015.

During the match, the draw for the Australian Open, which will take place between 20 January and 2 February, took place and Watson, ranked 101st in the world, will play Czech world number 62 Kristyna Pliskova - twin sister of second seed Karolina - in the first round.

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