(January 17, 2015) Great Britain’s Heather Watson defeated American qualifier Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to win the Hobart International title, her second WTA Tour career title. She won the Japan Open title in 2012. She won this week’s event without dropping a set.
It was Brengle’s first WTA final of her career.
The unseeded 22-year-old became the first British woman in more than 30 years to win two titles, the last was Anne Hobbs who won Auckland in 1985 and Indianapolis in 1983.
En route to the final, Watson dismissed No.5 seed Sloane Stephens, No.9 seed Roberta Vinci and No.8 seed Alison Riske.
The Australian Open begins on Monday and Watson will open against Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova while Brengle will face 13th seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany.
More to follow.