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Robson and Watson out of doubles

ESPN staff
June 21, 2012
Heather Watson and Laura Robson went out at the quarter-final stage of the women's doubles at the AEGON International © PA Photos

Laura Robson and Heather Watson were beaten in the women's doubles at the AEGON International in Eastbourne on Thursday, going down 6-4 7-6(3) to top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.

The British duo came up against the top-rated Huber and Raymond who were in solid form, and despite taking the second set to a tiebreak were unable to force their opponents into a third set.

Robson and Watson will now rest and prepare for the start of Wimbledon next week.

In the singles at Eastbourne fourth seed Marion Bartoli booked her spot in the semi-finals with a defeat of seventh seed Lucie Safarova 6-4 6-2, while Klara Zakopalova progressed to the last four after seeing off the challenge of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 7-5.

There was also WTA action taking place at the UNICEF Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, where Kim Clijsters stepped into the last four with a win against Francesca Schiavone.

Clijsters was too strong for her Italian opposite and claimed a 6-3 7-6(7) win, which secured her a semi-final spot against qualifier Urszula Radwanska who progressed thanks to a 6-2 7-6(3) win over Sofia Arvidsson.

Nadia Petrova made it to the semi-final stage with a 6-2 6-0 win over Dominika Cibulkova as she put in a dominant display to triumph in less than an hour.

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