Heather Watson and Johanna Konta both through on WTA tour

Heather Watson
Heather Watson is ranked 61 in the world

Britain's Heather Watson has battled into the second round of the Hong Kong Open, beating China's Zhang Kai-Lin.

The 23-year-old British number two took more than two hours to overcome world number 191 Zhang 3-6 6-1 6-2.

In Linz, British number one Johanna Konta beat Germany's Annika Beck 6-1 6-3 at a WTA event after being awarded a 'lucky loser' spot for the main draw.

Konta had lost in qualifying, but was promoted to the main draw after another player had withdrawn.

The Briton, at a career-high ranking of 47, suffered only her third defeat in 26 matches since Wimbledon, and her first to a lower-ranked player since May when she lost to world number 105 Klara Koukalova in qualifying.

Konta had followed up her remarkable run to the quarter-finals in Wuhan, China, where she beat world number two Simona Halep before losing narrowly to Venus Williams, with two qualifying wins in Linz.

Johanna Konta
Konta lost 6-2 2-6 6-4 to world number 105 Klara Koukalova in qualifying

Having broken into the world's top 50 for the first time last week, those two wins helped her rise another two places to 47 on Monday.

She has also reached the quarter-finals of the doubles tournament with fellow Briton Naomi Broady, beating Sandra Klemenschits of Austria and Germany's Carina Witthoeft 6-2 6-2.

In Hong Kong, Watson's serve was not on form as she was broken three times in losing the first set and did not serve an ace until the third game of the second set.

She will next play Lee Ya-Hsuan in the second round, a player ranked 184 places below her.

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