Watson falls at the first hurdle
British No 1 Heather Watson was eliminated from BNP Paribas Open in the opening round after suffering a 6-2 6-4 defeat to Irina-Camelia Begu.
Watson recently rose to a career-high 39th in the world but was put in the shade by her Romanian opponent, who is ranked 14 places lower.
The 20-year-old from Guernsey proved a match for Begu throughout but consistently came up short on the big points.
Watson forced six break points in the match but failed to convert any, while from the same number of opportunities Begu broke twice in the first set and once in the second to secure the win in an hour and 43 minutes.
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