Heather Watson took a step closer to qualification for the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.

18921 - Watson kicks off clay season with a victory

Watson, the fourth seed in the qualifying draw, looked rusty in the opening stages but soon settled into her rhythm to ease to a 7-5 6-1 victory over the unranked American Josephine Kuhlman.

The British No. 3, who lost her opening match in Miami, will now meet Lenka Wienerova for a place in the main draw on the green clay in South Carolina.

"Won my first round here in Charleston against Josephine Kuhlman, started a little flat but got moving. Ready for tomorrow," Watson posted on her Twitter page after the match.