- US Open
Heather Watson lets winning position slip
Heather Watson squandered a strong position to lose 4-6 6-4 6-2 to Romanian 21st seed Simona Halep in the first round of the US Open.
Watson looked untroubled when she eased to 6-4 4-4 and was serving at 40-0. But she dropped five points in a row, and the next four games, and was never again in the game.
"I knew she wouldn't give it to me and she didn't, and I didn't make first serves on any of those game points," said a tearful Watson. "That game was extremely important and I think once I get a few matches under my belt, I'll learn how to play those points smarter and take my time.
"I think that's why it hurts a lot, because I was so close. But if I keep making these opportunities for myself, I'll take some."
Watson's ranking has slipped from 39th to 76th after a year in which she has suffered from glandular fever.
"I played better than I have been," Watson said. "I was playing one of the hottest players on tour right now. I thought I played a good two sets [but in] the third set my fitness let me down a bit; I was cramping in my legs. I was bit tense in the way I was moving and hitting the ball.
"All in all, I'm pleased with how I played but I had my chances and I had an opportunity to win that match in two sets. But she's got the confidence and she won the points when it mattered."