Watson outlasts Flipkens for Monterrey title


Heather Watson reigned supreme in Mexico after recovering to beat Kirsten Flipkens in three sets in the Abierto Monterrey Afirme final.

British number two Watson dropped the opening set but rallied to defeat Flipkens 3-6 6-2 6-3 for her third WTA Tour title on Sunday.

After stunning seeds Caroline Garcia and Caroline Wozniacki en route to the decider, Watson - who added the Monterrey crown to her Japan Open (2012) and Hobart International (2015) titles - fired down seven aces, broke on four occasions and fended off seven break points against the Belgian.

Flipkens staged a late fightback as Watson served for the match, earning two break-point opportunities, but the latter was not to be denied as she closed out proceedings in one hour, 57 minutes.

"It was really tough, I was so nervous coming into the match because I'd never beaten Kirsten before, she's a great player and really makes you work," Watson said.

"I thought she was pretty flawless in the first set and I was getting frustrated but I just had to stay calm and try my best, and didn't look past the next point."