Robson and Watson impress with wins in Osaka

Britain's Laura Robson and Heather Watson both progressed through to the quarter-finals of the Japan Open in Osaka.

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Watson produced a stunning performance to send sixth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain crashing out at the second-round stage with a 6-7 6-2 6-3 victory.

World number 71, Watson, is ranked 31 places lower than her opponent, but the 20-year-old from Guernsey managed to recover from losing the first set on the tie-break to come through in three.

Watson will next face Pauline Parmentier of France in the quarter-finals.

Robson, meanwhile, secured her place in the last eight with a routine straight-sets 6-4 6-4 win over Zhou Yi-Miao of China.

The 18-year-old British number one, ranked 56th in the world, beat qualifier Zhou with breaks in both sets to secure a relatively comfortable progression.

Robson will next take on Chang Kai-Chen of Chinese Taipei.

Results

8-Laura Robson (Britain) beat Zhou Yimiao (China) 6-4 6-4

Heather Watson (Britain) beat 6-Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) 6-7(4) 6-2 6-3

7-Chanelle Scheepers (South Africa) beat Mirjana Lucic (Croatia) 6-2 6-2

Pauline Parmentier (France) beat 2-Zheng Jie (China) 6-3 6-4

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