Heather Watson beats Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in Sparta Prague Open final

Last Updated: 18/05/14 4:40pm

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Heather Watson: Handed ranking boost after victory in Prague

Heather Watson: Handed ranking boost after victory in Prague

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Heather Watson will return to the world's top 100 on Monday after beating Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 7-6 (7-5) 6-0 in the final of the Sparta Prague Open.

The Guernsey-born player secured her second title of the year on the ITF circuit, the level below the WTA Tour.

Watson overcame a high-class field, beating four top-100 players, including Timea Babos in a delayed semi-final earlier on Sunday.

The title and ranking boost is the perfect birthday present for British No 3 Watson, who turns 22 on Monday.

Her attempts to recover the ground she lost last year as she battled glandular fever have been hampered by a shoulder injury but this week's performances will send Watson into the French Open in good spirits.

She will have to go through qualifying in Paris but, along with Johanna Konta, has already booked her place in the Wimbledon main draw.

Konta, who made the semi-finals at a tournament in France this week, is on the verge of breaking into the top 100 for the first time.

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