Tennis - Impressive Watson continues recovery with ITF win

Heather Watson showed she is well on her way back from glandular fever after winning a second-tier event in Michigan.

The 21-year-old from Guernsey defeated Ksenia Pervak of Russia 6-4 6-0 in the final of the Dow Corning Tennis Classic in Midland.

Watson, who was unseeded at the event, trailed 1-4 in the first set before winning 11 consecutive games. 

She did not drop a set in all five of her singles matches in the tournament.

Watson, was ranked number 39 on the WTA Tour rankings at the start of 2013 before being struck with a case of glandular fever that forced her to miss much of the year’s tennis season. 

During her time away from the court she saw her ranking drop outside the top 150 but she has accumulated a 16-3 win-loss singles record to start off 2014.

Watson went into the week ranked 161st but can expect to jump around 40 places thanks to this triumph.

As she has few points to defend from 2013, she should quickly return to the top 100 on the evidence of this form.