Heather Watson reaches Indian Wells third round for the first time

Heather Watson beats Camila Giorgi in straight sets to reach the third round at Indian Wells

Heather Watson held her nerve to beat Camila Giorgi and reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells for the first time.

Watson, 22, appeared to be cruising into the third round after building a 5-0 lead in the second set, but Italian Giorgi won five straight games to level the set.

However, the British No1 held firm to wrap up a 7-5 7-5 win and set up a meeting with Agnieszka Radwanska in the last 32.

“It was a very tough match as I knew it would be,” said Watson. “Camila’s a great player and she’s shot up the rankings this past year.

“I didn’t feel I did much wrong [in the second set], she played too good, hitting winners and aces. I just had to stay tough and keep fighting.

“I feel that I’m playing better and better as each match goes on and hopefully I can play even better in my next match.”

We use cookies and similar technologies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. You can learn more and view our Cookie Declaration in our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree, you can click 'Manage' below to access other choices.