Heather Watson beats Sabine Lisicki in Toray Pan Pacific Open

Happy Heather will face Sharapova after stunning Lisicki with tidy Tokyo triumph

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09:49 GMT, 24 September 2012

Heather Watson enjoyed one of the best wins of her career on Monday by overcoming Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the opening round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open.

Watson, who had not won a match on the main tour since the London Olympics, triumphed 6-4 7-6 (7/3) in Tokyo.

On form: Heather Watson won in straight sets

On form: Heather Watson won in straight sets

Sabine Lisicki

Heather Watson

Out of form: Sabine Lisicki (left) has slumped down the world rankings in recent months

Lisicki, who has slipped to No 30 in the world rankings from a career-high 12 in May, conceded a solitary break of serve in the opening set and was unable to hit back on the four opportunities she created.

A couple of breaks apiece meant the second went to a tie-breaker which the 20-year-old from Guernsey won to set up a second-round clash with former world No 1 Maria Sharapova.