Brit Ladies go out in Indian Wells R1

By Ros Satar

British 1 and 2, Heather Watson and Laura Robson both lost their first round matches at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

Sofia Arvidsson def Laura Robson 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-1

Robson started brightly enough, being the first to get a break but then had to save two break points on her own serve before taking the first set 6-2, with another break.

The second set started with successive breaks of serve, before the British no. 2 took the next 3 games to lead 4-1.

Arvidsson brought things back onto serve, aided by a Robson double-fault, and got a decisive break after a lengthy game lasting over ten minutes to lead 6-5.

Robson’s response was to break the Swede to love, taking them into a tiebreak, which Arvidsson proceeded to dominate to take 7-6(2)

The Brit started the third set with a hard fought game to hold, as the decider started on serve for the first three games.

Arvidsson took advantage of Robson’s slumping stats, breaking for a 3-1 lead.

Robson squandered three break points to allow the Swede to go 4-1 up, before being broken again off the back of another double-fault.

Arvidsson needed just a single match point to seal the win.

Irina-Camelia Begu def Heather Watson 6-2, 6-4

Earlier in the day Heather Watson lost to Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu in her first round match, earlier in the day.

Begu broke first to lead Watson 3-2 and had to save a break point to consolidate her lead.

A further break of serve to love saw Watson call for her coach at the change of ends.

With a run of four games on the trot, the first set went to Begu 6-2.

Watson got on the board at the start of the second set, but struggled to convert break points to take any advantage.

Begu had the chance to break for the match, but Watson hung on to make the Romanian serve it out for a straight sets win.

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