Heather Watson has become the first British woman since Anne Hobbs in 1985 to win two WTA Tour titles after she beat Madison Brengle 6-3 6-4 in the Hobart International final.
Watson, who won her maiden title in Japan a little more than two years ago, recovered from 3-1 down in the first set against the American qualifier to complete an ideal week of preparation for the Australian Open, which gets under way on Monday.
The result means Watson is up to a career-high world No.38.
“Thanks to my coach Diego, its been great working with you,” she said afterwards. “We work really hard but we also have fun.”
Watson now heads to Melbourne for the year’s first grand slam, where she will play Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova on Tuesday.
Watson will be Britain’s only female representative in Melbourne – and there was mixed news from men’s qualifying as Kyle Edmund made his grand slam in dramatic fashion, while Liam Broady fell at the final hurdle.