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Watson shows a cool head to end long winless run

 

By Steve Simpson

Heather Watson ended her four-month WTA Tour singles losing streak with victory over Kateryna Bondarenko to reach the second round of the Nuremberg Cup.

The 26-year-old overturned a deficit in the third set tie-break to beat her Ukrainian opponent 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-3) and end a winless run of eight matches.

Briton Watson's last victory came in the quarter-finals of the Hobart International in January.

She will play Hungarian qualifier Fanny Stollar in the second round in Germany.

Britain's Dan Evans reached the second round of the ATP Challenger event in Loughborough as he continues his comeback from a 12-month drugs ban.

The 27-year-old beat second seed Max Purcell 6-4 6-2.

Evans is playing his second tournament since being suspended after testing positive for cocaine in April 2017.

Elsewhere, British No.4 Liam Broady lost 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (7-4) to Czech Zdenek Kolar in the first round of French Open qualifying.

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