Result: Heather Watson qualifies for Australian Open

Result: Watson qualifies for Australian Open
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Heather Watson defeats Irina Falconi in the final qualifying round to reach the Australian Open main draw.

Heather Watson has qualified for the Australian Open with a 6-4 7-6 victory over Irina Falconi.

The Briton got the better of her 23-year-old American opponent in two hours and three minutes in the final round of qualifying for the main draw.

The first set was closely fought with Watson edging 5-3 ahead at one stage, but then missed out on two set points with unforced errors to lose the game.

However, the 21-year-old made no mistake in winning the following game, although she struggled to make it easy for herself in the second set.

Watson was 5-4 up in the second at one stage and forced two match points against Falconi, but squandered the chance to make it a straightforward victory.

Falconi threatened to take the contest into a third and deciding set, but Watson won the second set tie-break 7-1.

Heather Watson of Great Britain returns a shot to Simona Halep of Romania during their women's singles first round match on Day Two of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2013
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