Britain’s Watson rallies to win WTA Monterrey crown

MEXICO CITY: Britain’s Heather Watson rallied to defeat Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Sunday to win the WTA Monterrey Open final for her third career crown.

Watson’s prior WTA singles titles came in 2012 at Osaka and last year at Hobart.

The 25-year-old Englishwoman, ranked 84th in the world, took her first victory in three meetings with the 73rd-rated Belgian, having lost in the second round at Indian Wells in 2011 and round one at Washington in 2014.

Watson fired seven aces, six of them in dropping the opening set, before fighting back to win after one hour and 57 minutes.

Flipkens, 30, lost a chance for her second career WTA crown, the first having come in 2012 at Quebec City.