Watson wins first career title in California

ESPN staff
July 16, 2012
Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson pose with their trophies © Getty Images

Britain's Heather Watson claimed the first WTA Tour title of her career as she partnered up with Marina Erakovic to upset top seeds Vania King and Jarmila Gajdosova in the final of the Bank of the West Classic on Sunday.

Watson and Erakovic won the decider in straight sets, 7-5 7-6(7), to finish a stunning tournament which saw the duo defeat the top three seeded pairings en route to the trophy.

After breaking three times to win the opening set, Watson and Erakovic slipped behind after being broken early in the second set. They battled back before serving for the match at 5-3, only to be broken again.

Watson and Erakovic then spurned two match point opportunities on their opponents' serve, but remained calm in the tie-break to seal the upset victory.

"This is my first WTA title so I'm really happy right now," Watson said. "It's such a nice feeling getting to the end of the week and being the last ones here.

"We knew it wasn't going to be an easy match today - they're both great players and we knew we would really have to win it, they weren't going to give it to us."

The tournament proved to be the perfect warm-up for Watson ahead of the London 2012 Olympics, where she will represent Great Britain in the doubles alongside Laura Robson. She will remain in California for the Mercury Insurance Open next week before heading back to Britain for the Games.

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