2024 Abu Dhabi

Watson upsets Kudermetova in Abu Dhabi for first Top 20 win since 2022

Qualifier Heather Watson knocked out No.9 seed and 2021 runner-up Veronika Kudermetova in the first round of the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open. Watson tallied her 11th Top 20 win (and first since defeating Elina Svitolina at Miami 2022), and improved to 2-1 against Kudermetova overall.