Young British tennis star Naomi Broady has been defeated in the Citi open second round to Russian Ekaterina Makarova.
Broady, originally from Stockport, had come through two rounds of qualifying which saw her defeat higher ranked opponents.
She then faced off against world number 76, Jarmila Gajdosova in the first round, and came out victorious 3-6 7-5 7-6. Next up was Makarova, ranked 11th in the world and seeded first in Washington , the Brit impressed despite going down 6-4 7-6 in just over an hour and a half.
British number one, Heather Watson, also playing in the American capital, was well off her best, losing out to wildcard Louisa Chirico 6-3 6-0 In her first game since being narrowly defeated by Serena Williams at Wimbledon.
Elsewhere, male British number one, Andy Murray, fared little better losing 6-4 4-6 7-6 to world number 53, Teymuraz Gabashvili.
Murray also lost out in the doubles tournament, as he and partner Daniel Nestor lost to Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea, whilst Andy’s Brother Jamie was also knocked out at the first hurdle, along with partner John Peers. They were comfortably defeated by top seeds the Bryan brothers.
Looking ahead, in their preparations for the US Open later this month, both Murray and Watson will take part in hard court tournaments in Canada.
Murray, along with qualifier James Ward will be in Montreal, with Watson having to qualify for the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Broady, meanwhile will remain in the States but will step down a level and partake in an ITF tournament in Pennsylvania.