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Heather Watson closing in on second title

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Heather Watson triumphed against Alison Riske 6-3, 7-5 to reach the final of the Hobart International. 

The match survived six rain delays, one of which was on a match point, but that wasn't enough to stop Watson securing her place in Saturday's final. 

The 22-year-old insisted it was the right thing to do when she said: "It was the right decision.

"I obviously wanted to play but the point before I slipped myself, so it was the right thing to do," she told the BBC

Difficult match

Watson, the world No. 49, had to come from 3-1 behind in both sets against the American. 

In a match where both players struggled to gain any rythmn due to the weather, Watson won fives games on the bounce to claim the first set. 

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In the second set, Watson was 5-4 up and was about to serve for the match. Tough the players both left the court and the match was once again delayed. We waited an hour and play resumed. 

Watson, though, failed to claim the match and Riske ended up breaking her. Fortunately the British number one responded fantastically and Broke Riske and went on to win the match. 

Looking forward 

Watson was delighted to get through given the difficult conditions aswell. She said: "I'm very happy to finally get through today - it was tough.

"It's definitely not great conditions to play tennis and it was never going to be a very pretty match.

"I think the goal for Alison and me today was just to get the ball in and not go for free points."

She will now face another American in Madison Brengle in Saturday's final. 

A victory will see Watson add a second WTA title to the one she won in Osaka two years ago.

She will also take some much needed momentum into this months Australian Open.

Watson will face Bulgarian, Tsvetana Pironkova, in the first round early next week.

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