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Watson books Garros place as Robson misses out

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Heather Watson struck the ball impressively on Friday © Getty Images
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Britain's Heather Watson has earned a spot in the main draw of the French Open with victory in the final qualifying round.

Watson, 20, put on a ball-striking masterclass as she beat Italian Anna Floris 6-0 6-1 in Paris.

Watson reached the second round of the French Open last year before losing 6-1 6-3 to 16th seed Kaia Kanepi. She was the first British woman to progress that far at the tournament since 1994.

Watson also made the second round of her last WTA Tour event, the Estoril Open, before suffering a 6-3 6-1 defeat against fourth seed Petra Cetovska.

The news was not so good for Laura Robson, however, as she squandered a clear opportunity to play her way into the main draw for Roland Garros.

Robson was a set ahead and looking comfortable midway through the second against her Czech opponent Karolina Pliskova, but fell apart at the end of success sets to eventually succumb to a 4-6 7-5 6-4 defeat to the 20-year-old.

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