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Heather Watson claimed the third WTA title of her career after coming from behind to beat Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens in three sets in the final of the Monterrey Open in Mexico. The Guernsey-born right-hander lost the opening set but after a pep talk from mother Michelle, staged a remarkable comeback to prevail 3-6 6-2 6-3.
Watson's previous WTA victories had come at the Japan Open and the Hobart International but this latest win represents a belated return to form having slipped outside the top 50. The British number two had beaten the likes of Caroline Garcia and Caroline Wozniacki to reach the final; the perfect tonic after being knocked out in the second round at the Australian Open.
The 23-year-old is currently without a coach after parting with Diego Veronelli in December, and though British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray has worked with her in the interim period, Watson had no coach during her campaign in Mexico. But on Mother's Day she enlisted the services of her mother in the first set as her on-court coach and went on to win 13 of the next 19 games on her way to victory.
"I don't know where to start," said Watson of her first singles title in 14 months. "I'm extremely happy today. I was nervous coming into the match, and I've never beaten Kirsten before - she's a great player who really makes you work for it. I thought Kirsten was pretty flawless in the first set, and I was getting frustrated with myself. I just had to stay calm and try my best. I never looked past the next point."