Watson stuns Garcia to reach Monterrey final


British star Heather Watson has the chance to win her third WTA Tour title after stunning fifth seed Caroline Garcia in straight sets in their semi-final at the Abierto Monterrey Afirme on Saturday.

After upstaging second seed Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals, Watson continued her giant-killing run in Monterrey as she posted a dominant 6-1 6-2 victory at the WTA tournament.

The 23-year-old, who needed a little over an hour to win through to the final, now has the opportunity to add Monterrey to her Japan Open (2012) and Hobart International (2015) titles.

Watson fired down five aces and broke Garcia on five occasions without facing a break point, losing just three points on her first serve.

Standing in the way of Watson and a third title is Belgian Kristen Flipkens.

"I'm very happy to be in the final. I've played Kirsten a few times and she's very experienced," she said.

"It definitely won't be easy so I'm going to have to bring my A-game tomorrow."

Flipkens was forced to dig deep, overcoming a first-set tie-break as she outlasted Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

The 30-year-old - a one-time champion on Tour - rallied from 5-3 down in the opening set to book a spot in her third final.

"I think all week I was mentally very strong, but I think first set was a really tight one," Flipkens said. "I came back very strong and the tiebreak was so close - it was like heads or tails."

"It's [the final] going to be a good match and I'm looking forward to it. It's been my first final in a long time in WTA so I'm gonna enjoy 100 percent."