Watson stuns Lisicki in Tokyo
Heather Watson enjoyed one of the best wins of her career by overcoming Germany's Sabine Lisicki in Tokyo.
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Watson, who had not won a match on the main tour since the London Olympics, triumphed 6-4 7-6 (7/3) in Tthe opening round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
Lisicki, who has slipped to number 30 in the world rankings from a career-high 12 in May, conceded a solitary break of serve in the opening set and was unable to hit back on the four opportunities she created.
A couple of breaks apiece meant the second went to a tie-breaker which the 20-year-old from Guernsey won to set up a second-round clash with former world number one Maria Sharapova.
Watson was joined in the next round by Marion Bartoli, who had to fight hard to see off evergreen Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm.
Ninth seed Bartoli took the opening set 6-1 and at 3-1 in the second, looked home and hosed. Local pride kicked in for Date-Krumm, though, and she got back to 3-3 before Bartoli got away 6-4.
"Kimiko played very well today," Bartoli told the WTA official website.
"She made it hard for me in the second. I'm happy I could serve it out."
As well as Bartoli, five other seeded players cruised through today, with Ana Ivanovic seeing off the retired Andrea Hlavackova, while Caroline Wozniacki was taken to three sets before getting past Bojana Jovanovski.
"After the first set I thought to myself how good I was feeling," Wozniacki said.
"I made too many errors in the second but I was able to win through."
Other seeds to taste success today were Kaia Kanepi, Lucie Safarova and Nadia Petrova, while there were also victories for Julia Goerges, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Zheng Jie, Tamira Paszek, Daniela Hantuchova, Urszula Radwanska and Simona Halep.
Joining Watson as winning qualifiers were Pauline Parmentier, Johanna Larsson and Jamie Hampton.