Johanna Konta and Heather Watson have passed their first test at the Monterrey Open in the heat of Mexico.
The British duo, who have become cult Centre Court figures at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park, had mixed fortunes with Konta easing past Marian Duque-Marino and Watson stuttering past Misaki Dot.
Eastbourne-based Konta defeated Colombian Duque-Marino 6-3 6-3 to set up a 2nd Round clash against the winner of match between Swede Johanna Larsson and Belgian Yanina Wickmayer..
The #4 seed raced away with the opening set in 32 minutes with a single break of serve. The 24-year-old surprisingly dropped her service game after breaking but then hit a purple patch to storm past her opponent by winning four of the next five games.
Guernsey’s former British #1 Watson, now hovering just inside the world’s top 100, showed her resilience to fend off Japan’s Misaki Doi by bouncing back from an horrendous tie-break – where she failed to score a point -to triumph 6-4 6-7(0) 6-3.
Yet Watson looked to have been down and out after Doi levelled matters, trailing 2-0 in the final set. But Watson found her rhythm to break Doi twice and earn a match against either Hungarian Timea Babos or Slovenia’s Polona Hercog.
Another Eastbourne regular, British #3 Naomi Broady, was also in winning mode. She saw off Czech Klara Koukalova 6-3 3-6 6-3 in Kuala Lumpur.