QUEBEC CITY, Canada - Great Britain's Heather Watson scored her first WTA main draw victory in over a month to begin the Coupe Banque Nationale présentée par IGA on Monday, as she defeated No.4 seed Monica Niculescu, 7-5, 6-3.
Watson last won a WTA main draw match at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in July, in the last WTA event she competed in prior to a first-round exit at the US Open after qualifying.
It was a tale of two sets for the British No.2, who needed over two hours to seal the upset and a spot in the second round.
Watson saved all 10 break points she faced in the opening set, and secured the lone break of serve for either player in the set's final game.
The Brit was tested particularly in a pair of marathon games on serve, one to begin the match and one with the set finely poised at 4-4. In the latter, she dug out of a 0-40 hole and ultimately saved four break points in a six-deuce game which kept her in the lead.
Niculescu also saved the first six break points she faced, across her first two service games, in a set which took 80 minutes.
After coming through a marathon opener, Watson won the first five games of the second set, but ultimately needed five match points to see herself through to victory.
The World No.107 had a pair of match points to win the set in a bagel, and had two more in yet another marathon seventh game on serve.
In what became the match's final game, Watson also needed to save a break point which would've gotten the set back on serve.
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