Britain’s Hopes Lie With Murray and Ward in Cincinnati Open
Britain’s Heather Watson has lost 6 – 3, 2 – 6, 7 – 5 in the first round of Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open to China’s Shaui Zhang.
Watson made it into the world’s top 50 by reaching the Rogers Cup third round last week. In 2012 she beat Zhang in straight sets when they met in Estoril but this time she played inconsistently and lost over the course of two hours. She finished the match with a first-serve percentage of just 47%.
Watson is in the main draw for the US Open which begins on 25 August; however, the Connecticut Open, which begins on August 17th, is the final warm-up event and it could offer Watson a wild card.