Heather Watson wins Mexican Open for first WTA title in four years

Heather Watson needed 10 match points to beat Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 6-1 in the Mexican Open final on Saturday.

Brit Heather Watson claimed her first WTA title since winning the Monterrey Open in March 2016.   -  Getty Images

Heather Watson claimed her first WTA Tour title in four years with a win over Leylah Fernandez in the Mexican Open final on Saturday. The Brit overcame Canadian teenager Fernandez 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 6-1 in the decider of the WTA International event in Acapulco.

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Watson's title was the fourth of her WTA career but first since winning the Monterrey Open in March 2016. For Fernandez, 17, it ended a memorable run to her first WTA final, and it proved quite the battle against Watson.

Watson won the first four games before a tough second set during which both players had their chances. After Watson saved four set points to deny Fernandez, the teenager incredibly saved five match points to force a decider.

Watson recovered from that disappointment by rolling out to a 3-0 lead in the third set, although she needed another five match points to seal her victory.

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