- Australian Open
Watson progresses in qualifying, Konta sent packing
There were mixed fortunes for British women in qualifying for the Australian Open, with Heather Watson progressing to the final round but Johanna Konta losing in straight sets.
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Watson is now just one win away from reaching the main draw of the Australian Open, and the British No. 2 made it through to the third and final round after her opponent Stephanie Foretz Gacon retired when trailing 6-0 2-0. Watson is now due to face Irina Falconi on Saturday.
"I was still very nervous but I controlled it a lot better," Watson said after the win. "I knew what I wanted to do in the match. I've played Stephanie a lot of times and they've been long, tough matches.
"I knew it was going to be difficult so I focused more on me and what I wanted to do on the court, and ended up playing really, really well. I was very happy with my serve, my returns, groundstrokes, just everything.
Watson admitted to nerves in her opening qualifying match, and on her latest win she added: "That's how I want to play. I came in with a different approach. It was nice to get through the first match but now I'm feeling better I want to hit the shots that I've been practicing."
British No. 3 Konta failed to join Watson in the final qualifying round after she suffered a 6-1 6-2 loss to Olga Savchuk.