Heather Watson crashes out of Australian Open after straight sets defeat to Yulia Putintseva

HEATHER WATSON had her chances but failed to complete a first-round clean sweep for British players.

Watson seemed on course at least to force a decider against Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva when she led 3-0 and 4-1 with a break in the second set.

And even after she had spurned that lead to go the distance in the second, she had a set point in the eventual tiebreak.

But the Russia-born world No 54 rallied to win 7-5 7-6 and stop the British No 2 from following Jo Konta and Kyle Edmund into the second round.

Watson fell an early break behind in the first set, recovered to 4-4 but then lost her serve again in the 11th game.

The Brit looked well on top when she broke Putintseva in the second game of the second set and her opponent was showing signs of irritation.

But it was Watson throwing her racket to the ground when Putintseva levelled at 4-4.

Watson fought like hell, seeing four break points come and go as her opponent served for the match at 6-5 but converting the fifth to force a tiebreak.

Watson worked her way into a 5-3 lead and had a set point on serve at 6-5.

But she went wide, then long, then wide again to hand victory to Putintseva.


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