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Watson gone in sixty minutes against Cirstea

ESPN staff
August 26, 2014
Top seeds safely progress at Flushing Meadows

Heather Watson's US Open campaign was over almost as quickly as it started as the British No.1 slumped to a 6-1 6-1 defeat to Sorana Cirstea.

Watson made a confident start with her serve, but it would not last as her Romanian opponent earned a first break point in the fourth game with a powerful forehand. The Brit offered a meek response, the first of numerous double faults that would ultimately cost her dearly.

It can't get much worse - Watson

  • Heather Watson admitted that things "can't get much worse" for her after the British No.1's uninspiring early exit at the US Open.
  • "I just wasn't able to find my game because she didn't give me much time," Watson told Sky Sports after her 6-1 6-1 defeat to Sorana Cirstea.
  • " It's another week, so I'll just look forward to next week now and the doubles. It can't get much worse so only moving up from here."

From that moment on, it was one-way traffic. Cirstea, despite showing a moment of weakness with a double fault of her own, held comfortably before sealing a double-break.

Another service error choked Watson's game and Cirstea capitalised to earn two break points, which her opponent managed to save.

However, it proved third time unlucky for Watson as she ultimately succumbed to Cirstea's power. The world No.80 easily took the opening set with an ace, leaving Watson staring down the barrel of an early exit.

Two more double faults followed at the start of set two and Watson was again a break down. A succession of wild groundstrokes allowed Cirstea to hold without getting out of first gear.

A netted backhand followed and 3-1 and a break down quickly became a 4-1 deficit. With Watson leaning dangerously on the precipice, Cirstea again held firm.

That meant 22-year-old Watson had to endure the cruelty of serving to stay in the match. It didn't happen and the Brit was ousted in less than an hour on Court 13 at Flushing Meadows.

Serena Williams made a fine start to her US Open title defence with a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over American teenager Taylor Townsend. The world No.1 was fitness and focus personified as the Arthur Ashe crowd cheered and shouted out for both players, and bounced back up after doing the splits midway through one point during the 55-minute contest.

Ana Ivanovic endured no trouble against home charge Alison Riske, with the eighth seed comfortably winning through 6-3 6-0, while Eugenie Bouchard also eased into the second round with a comfortable 6-2 6-1 win against Olga Govortsova.

Svetlana Kuznetsova lost her first-round match at the US Open for the first time since 2005, the year she was the tournament's defending champion.

Kuznetsova, seeded 20th this time, was beaten 3-6 6-2 7-6 (3) world No.82 Marina Erakovic of New Zealand.

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova dropped just one game in her 6-1 6-0 victory against Kristina Mladenovic and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova won through 6-1 6-3 against Ashleigh Barty of the United States.

Victoria Azarenka, the 16th seed, had to come from a set down to beat Japan's Misaki Doi 6-3(3) 6-4 6-1. Christina McHale triumphed in the deciding set to claim a 6-2 1-6 7-6(5) win against Chanelle Scheepers.

Sam Stosur will also be in the second round after a 6-1 6-4 triumph over American Lauren Davis. Mona Barthel beat Shuai Zhang, the 32 seed, in straight sets and dropped only three games overall.

Casey Dellacqua is through with a 7-5 6-3 win against Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.

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