Watson extends Eastbourne run

  • Last Updated: June 18 2014, 22:19 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

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.

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."

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 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.