No excuses from Watson

Heather Watson is out of the French Open

Published: Friday 29th May 2015 by Caroline Stephenson

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British number one Heather Watson believes she paid the penalty for too many unforced errors after she lost to America’s Sloane Stephens in the second round of the French Open.

Watson started the match with a perfect record against Stephens, having won all four of the pair’s previous encounters, but her opponent was too strong in Paris and eased to a 6-2 6-4 victory.

It means Watson is still to reach the third round at Roland Garros and the world number 45 admits she was disappointed with her performance.

“I think it was more me today, I think I was giving away a lot of free points,” Watson said.

“I made a lot of unforced errors. Obviously she played well and did what she needed to do.

“She hit some really heavy balls which pushed me back in the beginning and kind of made me think but I think I was just very inconsistent today.”

Watson had worn strapping on her right arm throughout her first round doubles defeat on Wednesday and the strapping was even heavier during her loss to Stephens.

“I’ve had this with my arm for a week and a bit now, but it wasn’t the reason I lost today,” Watson said.

“I felt fine. I had it all taped up and I took some painkillers before the match.

“It was just me really. I was just pretty sluggish and slow out there.

“Finally after like a set and a bit I finally got into it, but at that point it was kind of a little bit too late.”

The match got off to the worst possible start for Watson as Stephens broke her first two service games and held her own to take a 3-0 lead.

Watson made a better fist of her fourth service game and pulled it back to 5-2, but it was not enough as the world number 40 sealed the first set.

The Briton again dropped her first service game in the second set to give the upper hand to Stephens, who secured her passage into the third round in one hour and 10 minutes.

“I’m starting to play more aggressively and I’m actually starting to have more up and down results, which maybe is a good thing,” Watson added.

“I’m disappointed I lost today. I thought it was a good opportunity for me, but I wasn’t able to take it.”

Published: Friday 29th May 2015 by Caroline Stephenson

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