Heather Watson missed out on a place in the Australian Open third round, going down to Belgium's 16th seed Elise Mertens in a one-sided defeat
SYDNEY (Pakistan Point News / Online - 23rd January, 2020) Heather Watson missed out on a place in the Australian Open third round, going down to Belgium's 16th seed Elise Mertens in a one-sided defeat.British number two Watson, ranked 75th in the world, looked flat as she lost 6-3 6-0 in just 56 minutes.The 27-year-old's exit means Harriet Dart is the only British player left in the singles.Dart, 23, plays two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep on Rod Laver Arena later on Thursday.
Watson produced a gutsy display in testing blustery conditions to win her opening match against Czech Kristyna Pliskova, but was nowhere near to matching that level of performance against Mertens little over 24 hours later."I felt like my level wasn't there, my movement felt like I was a millimetre or a second too slow and I was letting her dictate," said Watson, who says she will return home to London and rest a slight abdominal injury before next month's Fed Cup tie in Slovakia.
"It was one of those days physically, you don't feel amazing every day and today was that day unfortunately."The second set was particularly exasperating for the Guernsey player, who struggled woefully on serve and hit a number of wild shots which were far from close to landing in.After spurning two chances to break back for 2-1, Watson lost the next 12 points as the contest spiralled out of control.Watson only won eight points in the final set as Mertens took the final eight games to race through in the third quickest match so far in the women's singles.It was sweet revenge for Mertens after Watson beat her last week in the Hobart quarter-finals.The 24-year-old Belgian, looking to match her 2018 run to the semi-finals, faces American youngster Catherine Bellis in the last 32.