Watson into main draw at Italian Open

Heather Watson

Heather Watson has reached the French Open second round in the past two seasons

Britain’s Heather Watson is through to the main draw of the Italian Open after beating Croatian Ana Konjuh in the second qualifying round.

The 23-year-old – ranked 53 in the world – won a hard-fought contest against an opponent ranked two places below her 7-5 4-6 6-3 in Rome.

Fellow Britons Naomi Broady and Aljaz Bedene are also in qualifying action on the Roman clay on Sunday.

Laura Robson was knocked out in the first qualifying round on Saturday.

More to follow.

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