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Watson gets off to a solid start in Luxembourg

 

By Robert Jones

Britain's Heather Watson beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 6-1 in just 64 minutes to reach the Luxembourg Open second round.

It was the 25-year-old's first main-draw tournament win since Wimbledon.

Watson, ranked 81th in the world, converted all four of her break points and won more than half the points on her opponent's serve. She will next face Estonian third seed Anett Kontaveit, who beat her when the pair met in April's Biel Bienne Open.

British No.3 Naomi Broady also reached the second round after she qualified as a 'lucky loser'.

She beat sixth seed Tatjana Maria 6-2 6-2, losing just five points on serve. The World No.49 is Broady's first top-100 scalp since June.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel on the advice of his doctor, taking a week off to rest his right knee.

The World No.1, who has a long history of knee problems, wore tape during his final defeat by Roger Federer in the Shanghai Masters last weekend.

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