- International Tennis Federation
Watson back to winning ways in Poitiers
Heather Watson saw off Christina McHale in the ITF tournament in Poitiers to claim just her second win in as many months.
The 21-year-old has decided to extend her season slightly by dropping down from the WTA Tour to play one of the second tier's biggest events.
And the British No. 3 was forced to come back from a set down against her American opponent who, like Watson, is also recovering after being struck down with glandular fever.
Watson also found herself 4-2 down in the decider before a break of serve triggered a run of four straight games to complete a 2-6 7-5 6-4 victory.
The win was much-needed for Watson who has won just five matches since returning from illness at the French Open. She has fallen from a career-high 39 in the rankings to the position of 133 that she currently occupies.
Watson will face world No. 156 Lucie Hradecka in the second round.
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