Heather Watson beats Sloane Stephens in straight sets in Hobart

Heather Watson
World number 49 Heather Watson (left) won in straight sets in Hobart

Great Britain's Heather Watson beat American fifth seed Sloane Stephens in straight sets to reach the Hobart International quarter-finals.

The 22-year-old won 6-3 6-1 in 64 minutes and looked in impressive form going into the Australian Open, which starts on 19 January.

Watson, who faces Italian ninth seed Roberta Vinci next, said: "This is how I want to play consistently.

"I'm feeling good, confident and very comfortable coming to the net."

It was a second straight sets victory at the tournament for Watson, who beat Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round.

Watson, the world number 49, partnered Andy Murray in a 3-0 win over Australia at the Hopman Cup on Saturday, although the GB duo missed out on a place in the final.

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