Watson closes in on main draw

  • Last Updated: January 10 2014, 10:13 GMT

Heather Watson is just one win away from making the main draw at the Australian Open after an impressive performance in Melbourne.

Heather Watson: Through to the final qualifying round
Heather Watson: Through to the final qualifying round

The British No 3 had rattled off eight games on the bounce to lead Stephanie Foretz Gacon 6-0 2-0 when the Frenchwoman pulled out of the second qualifying round encounter because of a shoulder problem after only 36 minutes on court.

Watson had admitted to experiencing nerves after her first-round victory over Arina Rodionova on Thursday but looked much more at ease.

The 21-year-old has found herself back in grand slam qualifying for the first time since the French Open in 2012 following her struggles with glandular fever last year.

Watson said: "I was still very nervous but I controlled it a lot better.

"I knew what I wanted to do in the match. I've played Stephanie a lot of times and they've been long, tough matches.

"I knew it was going to be difficult so I focused more on me and what I wanted to do on the court, and ended up playing really, really well. I was very happy with my serve, my returns, groundstrokes, just everything.

"That's how I want to play. I came in with a different approach. It was nice to get through the first match but now I'm feeling better I want to hit the shots that I've been practising."

In her final qualifier she will meet American Irina Falconi, who was an emphatic 6-2 6-0 winner over Chanel Simmonds.

Johanna Konta, the No 3 seed, failed to join Watson in the final qualifying round after she suffered a disappointing 6-1 6-2 loss against Olga Savchuk.

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