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Watson sets up Rogers Cup clash with Cibulkova

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Heather Watson will face 10th seed Dominika Cibulkova in Montreal © Getty Images
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Heather Watson's good form at the Rogers Cup continued on Monday evening as the British No.1 battled to a 6-4 5-7 6-4 first round victory against Tereza Smitkova.

Watson let three break points go as she eventually surrendered the second set in Montreal, but recovered well to clinch the win with the decider.

It marks the third victory for Watson at the tournament after she won through two qualifying rounds to make the main draw.

She will next face Dominika Cibulkova after the 10th seed beat Francoise Abanda 6-1 3-6 6-0.

Sabine Lisicki upset 13th-seeded Sara Errani 6-1 7-5. Errani, the 2012 French Open runner-up, is most comfortable on clay, while the 29th-ranked Lisicki likes the faster surfaces.

Lisicki, the 2013 Wimbledon runner-up, hit the fastest recorded serve in WTA history (131 mph) last week at Stanford. Errani was serving for the second set at 5-3 but let the lead slip away. Lisicki next plays Svetlana Kuznetsova or Madison Keys.

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova beat Roberta Vinci 7-5 7-5. Zahlavova Strycova will face third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.

American qualifier Shelby Rogers defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4 7-6(5) to set up a second-round meeting with the star attraction of this year's event, fifth-seeded home favourite Eugenie Bouchard. That match is expected to be played on Tuesday.

Alize Cornet beat qualifier Lauren Davis 6-3 7-5 and will next face eighth-seeded Victoria Azarenka. Klara Koukalova beat Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens 7-5, 7-6 (5).

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