Former British number one Heather Watson battles past Leylah Fernandez in Alcapulco to win her first WTA title since 2016 with a 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-1 victory. Watson bullied her way through the first set with some aggressive tennis, earning an early double-break lead en route to a commanding 4-0 lead against the 17-year-old qualifier. But the Brit failed to convert any of her five championship points in the second set tie-break as she went 6-2 up with Fernandez forcing her into unforced errors. Watson regained her rhythm in the third as she kicked off with a double break but, again, she squandered four championship points at 5-1 up. Nevertheless the 27-year-old Watson fought on and converted a forehand winner on her tenth match point to seal the title. Following the contest which lasted two hours and 46 minutes, Watson is now projected to re-enter the top 50 of the WTA singles rankings – up from 69. WatsonвЂ™s most recent title before this also came in Mexico at Monterrey in 2016. "I'm so happy to get my fourth title," Watson said post-match. " ItвЂ™s been a few years, so IвЂ™m just really, really happy I came through that match." She added: "IвЂ™ve played Leylah two times before this, and I knew what to expect. "SheвЂ™s a great player, and it would be really tough because the two matches before that had been really tough. The thing I notice about her the most is the head on her shoulders. SheвЂ™s very, very mature for her age. "I think itвЂ™s her mental toughness that really stands out," Watson continued. "I think sheвЂ™s going to have a great career ahead of her and rise up the rankings very quickly if she keeps playing like this."