Heather Watson beaten in first round of Japan Open

Heather Watson's defence of her Japan Open title ended at the first hurdle a first-round defeat by Monica Puig

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Heather Watson is currently ranked 92nd in the world Photo: Marianne Bevis

Heather Watson’s defence of her Japan Open title ended at the first hurdle after the British No2 suffered a first-round defeat by Monica Puig.

The 21-year-old, who sealed her maiden title win at the event last year, went down 6-4 6-4 to her Puerto Rican opponent as her disappointing year continued in Osaka.

Watson, ranked 92nd in the world, has now lost 19 of her last 30 singles matches.

The Briton suffered from glandular fever earlier in the year and has since stuttered to first-round exits at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

Watson moved up to 39 in the world rankings earlier this year but her poor recent form has seen her slip down to 92nd.

British No1 Laura Robson is due to take on Japanese 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm in her opening match on Tuesday.

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