VICTORY IN the Japan Open yesterday (October 14) meant that Heather Watson became the first Briton since 1988 to win a women’s WTA title.
The 20-year-old from Guernsey beat Chinese Tapei’s Chang Kai-chen 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 to win in Osaka.
Watson’s success in Japan has seen her rise from 71st in the world rankings to 50th.
It also means that she jumps ahead of fellow Briton Laura Robson in the rankings to become the new British number one.
After the match she told the BBC: “I really wanted to do well this week so I could earn my rest next week because this is my last tournament of the year. I don’t think I could have ended it any better.
“Being in the top 50 was a real goal for me and it will push me to make harder goals for myself. I’m excited to have a break but I am looking forward to working hard again because it motivates me to achieve more.”
Watson, who trains and resides in Florida, picked up £23,000 worth of prize money.