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Watson through first round of qualifying

ESPN staff
April 23, 2011
Heather Watson is through to the second round of qualifying for the Estoril Open © Getty Images
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Heather Watson safely negotiated her way into the second round of qualifying for the Estoril Open after Karolina Sprem was forced to retire with the Brit leading 1-6 6-3 3-0.

Watson was stunned early on as a powerful Sprem broke three times to wrap up the first set in the blink of an eye.

However, the talented youngster rallied in the second, returning brilliantly against a weakening serve to break four times and take the match into a decider.

With her Croatian opponent struggling, Watson seized control early in the third set and was leading 3-0 when Sprem decided she couldn't continue.

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