Heather Watson US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ella Ling/REX/Shutterstock Heather Watson US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

Heather Watson out in Nürnberg to qualifier Fanny Stollar

By Ros Satar

  • Fanny Stollar [Q] def. Heather Watson 6-3 6-3
  • Heather Watson will head to the French Open where the furthest she has got in the second round.
NÜRNBERG, GERMANY – Heather Watson fell in the second round of the Nurnberg Cup to Hungarian qualifier Fanny Stollar. Next stop for Watson is Roland Garros.


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Fanny Stollar [Q] def. Heather Watson 6-3 6-3

While it was good news that British No. 1 Heather Watson had finally broken her losing streak, it was short lived with a straight sets loss to tricky Hungarian qualifier Fanny Stollar. It was always going to be a tough ask for Watson to come up trumps over a confident qualifier who is match sharp.

Stollar got the first break but was pegged back by Watson immediately and the games were competitive before Stollar broke at the end of the set, serving out to love to capture the first set. She started the second set in the same authoritative way, breaking Watson straight away but a second break for a 4-1 lead was pegged back by the Brit, but it was not enough.

The Hungarian kept the advantage serving out once more to love, this time to seal the match.


How well has Heather Watson done at the French Open?

Clay has not been her best surface, it is safe to say, but in her first two years at the event back in 2011 and 2012, she played through qualifying and picked up a couple of rounds, so it is not as though the conditions in Paris has never suited her.

The furthest that Watson has ever gone is the second round, reaching the Round-of-64 four times in her seven attempts so far, but coming into this French Open, the Brit is short on match play, and wins. That in turn can ding confidence a little, so a lot will depend on the draw.


When is the French Open draw?

Watch the draw live on Eurosport, the Eurosport Player and will be broadcast in the Roland Garros Facebook Page

The ceremony will start with the draw for the women’s singles, followed by the men. The unseeded players will be placed electronically with the seeded players being drawn manually.

The draw ceremony for the Men’s and Women’s singles will be made on Thursday evening at 7pm (6pm BST) in the Orangery buildings, located in the botanical gardens.