MORE British woe at Roland Garros as Heather Watson crashes out in first round of the French Open once again as she goes down in straight sets to world No 93 Zarina Diyas
Heather Watson’s poor run continued with a first-round defeat by Zarina Diyas at the French Open.
Watson had won just one of her last seven matches prior to arriving in Paris, with that sole victory coming against a player ranked outside the top 400 in the Billie Jean King Cup last month.
She cited niggling injuries as a contributing factor and had her right shoulder strapped during a 6-4 7-5 loss to 93rd-ranked Kazakh Diyas.
Heather Watson exited the French Open at the first round in more British Roland Garros woe
Watson was beaten 6-4 7-5 by 93rd-ranked Kazakh Diyas from Kazakhstan on Monday
Watson could not have made a better start, breaking the Diyas serve in the first game, but from 4-2 the British player fell to pieces, spraying the ball wildly and losing four games in a row.
Across the end of the first set and beginning of the second, Watson lost 15 points in a row, before she regrouped to hold serve for 1-1.
The 29-year-old began to play better again and, in a repeat of the first set, moved into a 4-2 lead only for Diyas to level once more.
Watson managed to hold serve at 4-5 this time but came unstuck in her following service game, dumping a simple volley into the net on match point to suffer a second successive first-round loss at Roland Garros.
Watson cited niggling injuries as a contributing factor and her right shoulder was strapped up