Indian Wells run ends for Watson

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Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Heather Watson exited the BNP Paribas Open at the fourth-round stage after a final-set slump against Carla Suarez Navarro in Indian Wells.

The British number one went into the match on a high after a career-best win over world number eight Agnieszka Radwanska two days ago.

She dropped the opener to Suarez Navarro, but despite clawing her way back into the contest in an impressive second set, Watson fell to a 7-6 (7/5) 3-6 6-1 defeat in two hours and 20 minutes.

Watson had served for the first set but was broken back by the world number 13 who went on to take it on her third opportunity in the tie-break.

But the Spaniard required a medical time-out for an ankle injury in the process and Watson looked favourite after levelling the match with a dominant second set.

After a tight start to the decider, Watson’s composure deserted her and she was broken twice in succession as her encouraging run in the tournament drew to a disappointing close.

Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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