Wimbledon 2019: Heather Watson loses in second round

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Heather Watson had been hoping to reach the third round at Wimbledon for a fourth time
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British number two Heather Watson was outclassed by 20th seed Anett Kontaveit in the Wimbledon second round.

The 27-year-old pushed the Estonian hard in the first set before succumbing 7-5 6-1 on Court One.

With a gulf of more than 100 in the rankings, Watson could not match Kontaveit’s consistency.

British men’s number one and 30th seed Kyle Edmund faces Spaniard Fernando Verdasco for a place in the third round.

Watson’s defeat leaves British number one Johanna Konta and Harriet Dart as the only home hopes left in the women’s singles draw.

Gulf in rankings shows in Watson defeat

Wimbledon 2019: Watch the best five shots from Anett Kontaveit’s win against Heather Watson

Kontaveit was always going to be a difficult opponent for world number 122 Watson, who had suffered first-round exits at her previous three grass-court events.

But the Briton started well in breezy conditions, breaking in the opening game and then holding before being pegged back for 2-2. They matched each other for the rest of the set before Kontaveit stepped up a gear at 5-5.

The Estonian won the next two games to love, with Watson hitting long to hand her the first set.

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From then on Kontaveit was uncompromising. She went a double break up in the second and made Watson run around the court, capitalising when the Briton’s errors crept in.

“I thought today in general I was too defensive,” Watson said. “I didn’t use my variety enough, coming to the net.

“I’d say the first two games started well. That first set, I just felt like I had so many chances, but wasn’t able to play aggressive tennis and get there. I sort of went on the back foot, just made too many errors.

“After that first set, I don’t feel that I changed a lot. I just feel like she relaxed and really stepped up her level, didn’t give me a look in at all.”

Kontaveit, whose only WTA title was won on grass, will face Czech Karolina Muchova for a place in the third round.

Mixed fortunes for Britons in doubles

There were plenty of other Britons in action when the doubles began on Wednesday, with Cameron Norrie among those to reach the second round.

He and Spanish partner Jaume Munar beat fellow Briton Dom Inglot and American Austin Krajicek 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 (11-13) 6-3.

Joe Salisbury and American partner Rajeev Ram, who were runners-up to Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez at Queen’s, also progressed with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Malek Jaziri and Radu Albot.

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They are joined in the next round by Ken Skupski and Australian John-Patrick Smith after their 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory over the all-British pairing of Jay Clarke and James Ward.

But there were defeats for Jack Draper and Paul Jubb, Freya Christie and Katie Swan, and Harriet Dart and Katie Dunne.

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