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In-form Watson through to Hobart quarter-finals

ESPN staff
January 13, 2015
Heather Watson's preparation for the upcoming Australian Open has been promising © Getty Images

Heather Watson continued her recent spell of good form with a straight sets victory against Sloane Stephens to reach the last eight at the Hobart International.

Watson prevailed with a 6-3 6-1 triumph in little over an hour on court and now faces Roberta Vinci in the quarter-finals.

"This is how I want to play consistently," Watson said after her victory. "I'm feeling good, confident and very comfortable coming to the net."

Watson has been in fine form the Australian Open, which begins on January 19, fast approaching. The Briton comfortably beat Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets in the opening round to set up her clash with Stephens.

Last week, Watson partnered Andy Murray as Great Britain beat Australia 3-0 in their final Hopman Cup fixture. However, Team GB were pipped to the final by Poland, who then went on to beat United States for the title.

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