Heather Watson took care of business at the Miami Open Wednesday afternoon. The second best Brit in women’s tennis handled things against Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic winning 6-1, 6-0 on Court One at Crandon Park Tennis Center.
The wild card Brit takes on the Czech for a third time hoping that she’ll be able to outduel her after losing the last two. Although they met four years ago, the stronger 23 year old has had tremendous improvements over the last year. Three weeks ago, Watson took home the Monterrey title defeating Kristen Flipkens in a three set match. It was her third career WTA title and certainly not the last in her seven-year tennis career.
Cetkovska hasn’t seen much action this season and when she did she never got out of the first round. She’d hoped that this would be a charm in what became her third attempt getting out of the round of 128.
Watson looked to have things in control in the first game but mistakes allowed Cetkovska to get back into contention and force deuce with the Brit. She got out of trouble after a tricky break moving her opponent away from an opportunity that she made contact on. She nearly had a solid break in the second but let the Czech back in the game. A great return for break point led to a game winner for Watson on an unforced lobbed shot by Cetkovska.
The problems on her end led to a rout by the Brit who took the next three straight to play for the opening set wit just 20 minutes having elapsed. Cetkovska got on the board holding service in the sixth that briefly prevented the bagel.
In the end she couldn’t defend against Watson who went on to win the double set point and complete the victory in 25 minutes. The unforced errors to winners ratio didn’t support Cetkovska, as she was overwhelmed early on playing against Watson’s 71 percent success on the first serve.
The 23 year old got back to a winning streak in the second set decreasing her opponents confidence with a break. She went up two breaks in the set that gave Watson a commanding 3-0 hold with just half the set left to win. She wasted no time dominating on court going up 5-0 with the ball in her hand to close out the match. A double match point attempt for Watson solidified her way into the second round watching Cetkovska’s ball return fall out of court ending the match in 47 minutes.
With such a strong showing to start the tournament, Watson will hope to do the same as she gets a step up in difficulty facing Sloane Stephens in the second round Friday.