Watson makes early exit
British number one Heather Watson crashed out of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after a straight-sets defeat to Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round.
Watson recently rose to a career-high 39th in the world but had no answer against a player 14 places lower in the WTA rankings as she slipped to a 6-2 6-4 loss in one hour 43 minutes.
The 20-year-old from Guernsey proved a match for Begu throughout but failed to get the job done on the big points.
Watson forced six break points in the match but failed to convert any, while from the same number of opportunities Begu broke twice in the first set and once in the second to secure the win.
"Today wasn't my best day at the office," she admitted on BBC Radio 5 live.
"I didn't really play well but my opponent is a great player and I feel like these courts really suit her game, and she played very smart. I wasn't really able to keep many balls in play. I wasn't really there today."
She added: "I feel the courts are just very different, like a clay court - they're very, very slow and it bounces very high here."
Laura Robson was the other British hope to exit the tournament, as she snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson.
Robson, the world number 43, appeared poised to make up for Watson's exit after taking the first set with ease before racing into a 4-1 lead in the second.
But with the winning line in sight Robson's form deserted her, eventually losing the second set on a tie-breaker and capitulating entirely in the third as world number 49 Arvidsson ran out a 2-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-1 winner in two hours and four minutes.
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