Watson extends Eastbourne run

  • Last Updated: June 18 2014, 21:11 BST

Heather Watson recovered from a set down to beat sixth seed Flavia Pennetta as the British number one stormed through to the AEGON International quarter-finals in Eastbourne.

Heather Watson celebrates her win over Flavia Pennetta
Heather Watson celebrates her win over Flavia Pennetta

Heather Watson recovered from a set down to beat sixth seed Flavia Pennetta as the British number one stormed through to the AEGON International quarter-finals in Eastbourne.

The 22-year-old lost a tight opening set on a tie-break but showed great powers of recovery to turn the match on its head.

With Wimbledon on the horizon, Watson will be pleased to advance into a quarter-final following her 6-7 (8/6) 6-4 6-2 win.

She is the last Brit in the competition following Johanna Konta's loss to Camila Giorgi.

Unlike Watson, Konta started well in her Anglo-Italian battle but, after taking the first set, she slipped to a 1-6 7-5 7-5 defeat.

Top seed Richard Gasquet advanced into the men's last eight at the expense of Bernard Tomic.

The Frenchman, seeded 13th for Wimbledon, recorded a 6-4 3-6 6-3 success and will face Martin Klizan of Slovakia next.

Klizan beat American Donald Young in their second-round tussle, claiming a 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 victory.

Gasquet's compatriot Edouard Roger-Vasselin also progressed, beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-2 7-6 (7/4), to set up a clash against Denis Istomin.

Feliciano Lopez was pushed by German Tobias Kamke before the third seed came through to win 7-6 (12/10) 7-5.The Spaniard now faces Jeremy Chardy in the quarter-finals following his 6-4 7-5 win over Carlos Berlocq.Sixth seed Gilles Simon lost in straight sets in an all-French second-round affair as Julien Benneteau recorded a 6-3 6-4 win.Benneteau will next face Sam Querrey whose opponent, Victor Estrella-Burgos of the Dominican Republic, was forced to retire whilst a set down to the American.In the women's singles, Watson will next face a tough examination against second seed Petra Kvitova after the Czech beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-1 6-4.Danish eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki eased to a 6-3 6-3 win over Sloane Stephens to set up a quarter-final clash against Konta's conqueror Giorgi.German fifth seed Angelique Kerber also made it through to the last eight, despite dropping a set to Alize Cornet and being pushed all the way in the decider before emerging a 7-5 1-6 7-6 (7/3) victor.Ekaterina Makarova will be waiting for Kerber in the next round after progressing with a 6-3 6-3 win over fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.In an all-American quarter-final, Lauren Davis will take on Madison Keys.Davis beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-3 with countrywoman Keys coming out on top against Elena Vesnina 7-5 7-6 (11/9).Watson said her fighting spirit helped her get through. "Doesn't matter who I was playing today, I just wanted to get to that next round," she said."I knew it was going to be tough. I knew my game plan and had a good one and just kept fighting even after a tough first set. Just stuck in there and kept positive."