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Watson satisfied with improvement

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Originally published on: 18/06/13 00:00

The British No.2 claimed her second win since her comeback from illness, recovering from a sluggish start to secure a 6-3 6-4 victory over world No.27 Vavara Lepchenko.

In only her fourth match back since recovering from glandular fever, Watson dropped her serve in the opening game, but recovered immediately to open up an early lead.

Watson suffered a surprise second round defeat to world No.172 Alla Kudryavtseva in Birmingham last week, but was satisfied with the signs of improvement as she set up a second-round clash with Elena Vesnina.

“I didn’t play well in Birmingham so I was very motivated for this week and mentally very up for this first round match,” Watson said.

“I’m good friends with Varvara, it’s difficult playing a friend but I was very much looking forward to playing her and I thought I played well today. I served better, I moved better, my reactions were better and I had a lot more energy today.”

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