Sport Watson suffers Hobart semi defeat

16:37  12 january  2018
16:37  12 january  2018 Source:   Sky Sports

Champion Mertens reaches Hobart final with Watson win

  Champion Mertens reaches Hobart final with Watson win Defending champion Elise Mertens of Belgium reached the Hobart International final with a 6-4 1-6 6-2 win over British qualifier Heather Watson on Friday. The second-seeded Mertens recovered from a second-set lapse to edge out Watson, who won the tournament in 2015, in one hour and 42 minutes.The 22-year-old world number 36 will play Mihaela Buzarnescu in Saturday's final after the Romanian sailed past fifth-seeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-2 6-2 in the second semi-final."She made the same run (from qualifying) as I did last year, but I'm happy to win today," Mertens said in an on-court interview.

Heather Watson 's run at the Hobart International ended with defeat in the semi -finals. In Sydney, Ashleigh Barty overcame a slow start to win her all-Australian semi -final against Daria Gavrilova 3-6 6-4 6-2 and advance to the final of the Sydney International.

Heather Watson has reached the semi -finals of the Hobart International in Australia by beating world number 55 Donna Vekic 6-0, 6-4. It is the British number two’s second WTA Tour semi -final since winning the Monterrey Open in March 2016

Elise Mertens defeated Watson 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 Hobart Tennis.© AAP Image Elise Mertens defeated Watson 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 Hobart Tennis. Heather Watson's run at the Hobart International ended with a semi-final loss to Elise Mertens.

Watson has been in excellent form in Tasmania but found defending champion Mertens, the world No 36, ultimately too strong.

Watson, who won the title in 2015, fought back well after losing the opening set but Mertens regrouped in the decider and went on to triumph 6-4 1-6 6-2.

The British No 2 will now head to Melbourne, where she opens her Australian Open campaign against Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.

"(It is) just frustrating. Thought I made too many unforced errors," Watson said. "Because I'd been playing so well, I expected more of myself."

Aussie Fourlis to learn from Hobart exit

  Aussie Fourlis to learn from Hobart exit Australia's Jaimee Fourlis has been ousted from the Hobart International by former winner Heather Watson but will take lessons from the loss.The 18-year-old was beaten 6-2 6-2 by world No.74 Watson on Wednesday, with the 2015 Hobart champion too strong from the back of the court.

Heather Watson exits the Hobart International at semi -final stage after defeat to Elise Mertens. Heather Watson defeated 6-4 1-6 6-2 by Belgian Elise Mertens in semi -final. Brit has been in excellent form but the world No 36 proved too strong.

End of the road: Heather Watson suffered a semi -final defeat at Eastbourne. ‘My toughest opponent ever,’ Watson said of Keys. ‘Massive serve, massive groundstrokes.


In Sydney, Ashleigh Barty overcame a slow start to win her all-Australian semi-final against Daria Gavrilova 3-6 6-4 6-2 and advance to the final of the Sydney International.

a woman hitting a tennis ball: Getty© Provided by BSkyB Getty The 21-year-old needed one hour and 58 minutes to set up a final against either Camila Giorgi or Angelique Kerber.

"I certainly shot myself in the foot with my serve today," she said. "But happy to get through in the end and get another opportunity tomorrow.

"Its been a pleasure playing here this week."

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