Robson Falls to Bouchard in R2, Watson Recovering From Glandular Fever

By Ros Satar

[Q] Eugenie Bouchard def. [16] Laura Robson 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

Laura Robson suffered a defeat in the second round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, at the hands of one of her friends on the tour, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard.

Robson, who will become the British number one next week, had been a beak up in the first set, saving eight out of 11 break points on her serve, before losing the first set 6-4.

Robson seemed to steady the ship in the second set, despite some trading breaks, keeping ahead to take the second set 6-3.

The third set quickly got away from Robson, who had been seeded 16th here, being broken in her first game.

She got herself on the scoreboard before the set’s first change of ends, before Bouchard ran away with it.

The pair had once previously, last year on clay, and again Bouchard got the better of the Brit.

In other GB news, Heather Watson revealed that blood tests taken last week in Miami showed she had traces of Glandular Fever.

Watson had been struggling for form, and this could go some way to explain her feeling “burnt out” after suffering a series of early round losses.

Watson said: “It explains everything that has been happening to me physically and mentally.

“I am actually relieved to know what is wrong so that I can get myself on the mend.”

Watson had been due to compete as part of the Aegon GB team for the Federation Cup Tie in Argentina for the World Group II play-offs, at the end of April.

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