Yet her performance belied the world rankings and she will now face world No. 73 Flipkens – conqueror of British No. 1 Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals – knowing she will have to produce her best tennis in order to lift the title.
The Brit dominated her semi-final at Club Sonoma, breaking Caroline Garcia five times on her way to a 6-1 6-2 victory, as the French player struggled with her movement around the court due to a back injury.
This was Watson’s third career win over Garcia and came with the minimum of fuss.
Standing in the way of Watson and a third title is Belgian Kristen Flipkens.
“I’m very happy to be in the final”.
Watson won 6-1, 6-2 and will now meet Kirsten Flipkens in the final.
“I think all week I was mentally very strong, but I think first set was a really tight one”, Flipkens said. “I thought I played very well – I needed to against Caroline because she’s a great player”, Watson was quoted as saying on the WTA Tour’s Web site. “It definitely won’t be easy – I’ll have to bring my A-game tomorrow”.
“I knew I was going to have to finish a lot of points, come to net and not be too passive”. Please note that comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language and will be removed accordingly.