Watson kicks off clay season with a victory
Heather Watson took a step closer to qualification for the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.
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.