Nottingham Open: Heather Watson beats Danielle Lao in straight sets

Heather Watson
Heather Watson

Heather Watson bounced back from her shock defeat at Surbiton last week to move into the second round of the Nottingham Open.

The 26-year-old Watson needed only 73 minutes to claim a convincing 6-1 6-3 win over American world number 252 Danielle Lao.

It was a welcome return to form for Watson, who had been stunned by fellow Briton Gabriella Taylor on her return to grass last week.

Watson now faces British number one Johanna Konta after she produced a composed display to record a straight-set win over Kurumi Nara.

Konta, ranked 22 in the world and the tournament's fourth seed, forced a break against the Japanese player in the very first game before taking control at 4-1 and then closing out the set 6-2.

It was more of the same in the second set, as Konta again broke Nara, the world number 97, in the opening game then again in the ninth to take the set 6-3 and complete her win in just over an hour.

British number five Taylor pushed defending champion Donna Vekic all the way before losing their first round match.

Taylor almost repeated her stunning win over fellow Briton Watson at Surbiton last week as she grabbed an early break in the deciding set.

But Vekic, who required extensive physio on a back injury early in the third, dug deep to come through 7-5 5-7 7-6 (7/3) in a marathon match that fell four minutes short of three hours.

Nevertheless it was another promising performance from the 20-year-old Taylor, who reached a career-best 168 in the world last week.

British number five Gabi Taylor, meanwhile, pushed defending champion Donna Vekic all the way before losing her first-round match.

Taylor had scored a stunning win over Watson at Surbiton last week - and almost repeated the feat as she grabbed an early break in the deciding set.

But Vekic, who required extensive physio on a back injury early in the third, dug deep to come through 7-5 5-7 7-6 (7/3) in a marathon match that fell four minutes short of three hours.

Nevertheless it was another promising performance from the 20-year-old Taylor, who reached a career-best 168 in the world last week.

Katie Boulter is through after the 21-year-old beat Yanina Wickmayer, the world number 98 from Belgium, 6-4 6-4.

However, fellow Briton Katie Swan lost 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 to Germany's world number 117 Mona Barthel.

There was another British player, Katie Swan, who went down 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 to Germany's world number 117 Mona Barthel.

Related tennis links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

Tempers boil over with Jose Mourinho (centre) in Chelsea v Manchester United1

Mourinho on touchline fallout

Chelsea's Marco Ianni will be asked to explain himself to Maurizio Sarri for provoking Jose Mourinho in the 2-2 draw with Man United.

Mark Davis2

Ronnie rumbled by inspired Davis

Mark Davis pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career when thrashing Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-1 to book his place in the final of English Open.

Today's Racing Tips3

Sunday's racing preview

Keith Hamer previews Sunday's racing in the UK and Ireland with the nap and next best selections both coming on the National Hunt card at Kempton.

Our best bets for Everton v Crystal Palace4

Everton to continue winning run?

Super Sunday's only game sees Everton take on Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. We have a best bet for the game.

The Premier League round-up for Saturday October 205

Premier League round-up

Man City hit five against Burnley, Liverpool edge Huddersfield, Cardiff got their first win of the season and Tottenham won the London derby at West Ham.

Most Read

Tempers boil over with Jose Mourinho (centre) in Chelsea v Manchester United1

Mourinho on touchline fallout

Chelsea's Marco Ianni will be asked to explain himself to Maurizio Sarri for provoking Jose Mourinho in the 2-2 draw with Man United.

Mark Davis2

Ronnie rumbled by inspired Davis

Mark Davis pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career when thrashing Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-1 to book his place in the final of English Open.

Today's Racing Tips3

Sunday's racing preview

Keith Hamer previews Sunday's racing in the UK and Ireland with the nap and next best selections both coming on the National Hunt card at Kempton.

Our best bets for Everton v Crystal Palace4

Everton to continue winning run?

Super Sunday's only game sees Everton take on Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. We have a best bet for the game.

The Premier League round-up for Saturday October 205

Premier League round-up

Man City hit five against Burnley, Liverpool edge Huddersfield, Cardiff got their first win of the season and Tottenham won the London derby at West Ham.

Racing Tips

Today's Racing Tips

Sunday's racing preview

Keith Hamer previews Sunday's racing in the UK and Ireland with the nap and next best selections both coming on the National Hunt card at Kempton.

Nap Of The Day

Daily Nap: May day

Ben Linfoot landed a 5/1 winning Champions Day nap on Saturday and he's in the hotseat on Sunday as the Sporting Life Daily Nap runs at Naas.

The Breeders' Cup returns to Churchill Downs this year

Antepost Angle: Breeders' Cup

Matt Brocklebank takes an early look at the Breeders' Cup with a handful of recommended bets including West Coast in the Classic.

Next Race Off

08:45 Mysore
7
(6)
Ultimate Speed
J: Darshan R N
14
(10)
Perfect Prince
J: Amyn Merchant
12
(14)
Nostradamus
J: S Chetan Kalay

Football Tips

Our best bets for Everton v Crystal Palace

Everton to continue winning run?

Super Sunday's only game sees Everton take on Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. We have a best bet for the game.

Our best bets for this week's Monday Night Football

Arsenal to make it ten in a row?

Monday Night Football this week comes from the Emirates as Arsenal take on Leicester. We have 4/1 and 13/1 best bets.

Enable storms to victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in October 2018.