Heather Watson disappointingly continued the trend of British players being knocked out in the first-round of this year’s Wimbledon, after losing 6-3, 7-5 to America’s Madison Keys.
Andy Murray remains the only British singles player to make it into the second-round of the draw, with Watson crashing out in tame fashion.
Watson had the rare experience of being the more experienced players as she took on the 18 year-old American, but Keys showed no signs of nerves in closing out and capping off an impressive performance.
Right from the off she was hitting with more consistency from the baseline than Watson, who she is ranked five places higher than, and her power meant that Watson struggled to make an impact on the match.
Keys hit a total of 23 winners during the match, but Watson, who is usually very accurate, would have been disappointed with the 15 unforced errors that she made.
Watson was broken in her second service game of the match. She battled hard to break back but threw away two opportunities on the Keys serve, which was excellent throughout, whilst 4-3 down allowing Keys to close out the first set.
Watson has always been courageous and she showed her battling qualities in the second set, going a break up early on. However, just as it seemed she was close to squaring up the match Keys showed her superiority again, taking four of the next give games and winning the set 7-5.
It means that one of Britain’s major hopes for success has gone and puts added pressure on Laura Robson to pull off an upset when she faces Maria Kirilenko later today.
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