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Watson through at Indian Wells but Ward crashes

ESPN staff
March 11, 2015
Heather Watson saw off Julia Goerges in three sets © Getty Images

Heather Watson secured a nervy 6-4 5-7 6-3 win over Julia Goerges to make it through to the second round at Indian Wells.

Watson served for the match at 5-3 in the second set, before losing five games in a row as Goerges levelled the match.

The German then broke in the decider but Watson rallied to claim victory, setting up a second-round meeting with Camila Giorgi.

It was just British No.1 Watson's second win since lifting the title in Hobart at the beginning of the year.

"I was definitely a bit nervous today and it showed," said Watson. "But I found the right way to finish the match."

Fellow Briton James Ward, meanwhile, missed out on the main draw in the men's with a straight-sets defeat to Mischa Zverev in the final round of qualifying.

The British No.2, who arrived in the United States on Monday fresh from Great Britain's Davis Cup heroics in Glasgow at the weekend, came through the first round of qualifying with a three-set win over American Mitchell Krueger on Tuesday.

But his hectic schedule caught up with him on Wednesday as he was swept aside 6-3 6-1 by 27-year-old German Zverev in just 50 minutes.

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