MORE British woe at Roland Garros as Heather Watson crashes again in first round French Open as she heads to world top 93 Zarina Diyas in straight sets
Heather Watson’s bad run continued with a first round defeat to Zarina Diyas at the French Open.
Watson had won just one of her last seven games before arriving in Paris, taking only one win against a player who was outside the top 400 in the Billie Jean King Cup last month.
She cited gnawing injuries as a contributing factor and had her right shoulder tied in a 6-4 7-5 loss against 93rd Kazakh Diyas.
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Watson was defeated 6-4 7-5 by the 93rd Kazakh Diyas from Kazakhstan on Monday
Watson couldn’t have made a better start by breaking Diyas’ serve in the first game, but from 4-2 the British player fell to pieces, shot the ball wildly and lost four games in a row.
At the end of the first set and the start of the second, Watson lost 15 points in a row, before regrouping to hold the serve for 1-1.
The 29-year-old started to play better again and, in a repeat of the first set, moved to a 4-2 lead, after which Diyas tied the score again.
Watson managed to hold the serve at 4-5 this time, but got loose in her next service game, throwing a simple volley into the net at match point to suffer a second consecutive first round defeat at Roland Garros.
Watson cited gnawing injuries as a contributing factor, and her right shoulder was tied