- French Open, Day Five
Watson overpowered by Goerges
Heather Watson was knocked out of the French Open on Thursday, after succumbing to 25th seed Julia Goerges in their second round match.
Watson, at this stage of the tournament for the second successive year, never really managed to match the high quality of play she exhibited in her first round win over Elena Vesnina - as Goerges' superior power proved key as the German ran out a 6-3 6-4 winner.
It looked like an upset could be on the cards when Watson broke Goerges in the opening game of the match, but that proved to just be nerves on the seed's part as she quickly reeled off three games in a row to move into the ascendancy.
Watson stuck to her task diligently but Goerges superior power and range of passing shots was evident, as the Guernsey girl never really looked like getting back into the first set.
The second set was more competitive, although Goerges quickly built a break's advantage. Watson was not going to give up, however, but a series of unforced errors at inopportune moments prevented from her restoring parity - although she did force Goerges to serve for the match.
That decisive final game encapsulated the set as a whole, as Watson created half-chances to force a break point but failed to pick out the big shot when it was needed most. Goerges did not need any more invitation than that, as she blastered another forehand that Watson was unable to get back to finally clinch the contest.
Goerges will now face Arantxa Rus, after she defeated Serena Williams' vanquisher Virginie Razzano.
Razzano looked spent by her exploits against the American on Tuesday, and succumbed to a 6-3 7-6(3) defeat to the Dutch player.