Watson secures Hobart title

Watson recovered from 3-1 down in the first set to win 6-3 6-4 and complete an ideal week of preparation for the Australian Open, which gets under way on Monday.

The 22-year-old won her maiden title in Osaka at the end of the 2012 season, ending a 24-year wait for a British female champion on the main tour, and bounced back from an injury-blighted 2013 by climbing back into the top 50 last season.

The world number 49 meets Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the opening round in Melbourne and her win in Hobart should will see her rise close to her career-best ranking of 39 from February 2013.