Heather Watson becomes first Brit to bow out of the Australian Open with

Heather Watson becomes first Brit to bow out of the Australian Open with straight sets defeat by Petra Martic

  • Heather Watson was beaten 6-1, 6-2 by Petra Martic in Melbourne on Monday
  • British No 3 struggled in the stifling heat on day one of the Australian Open
  • She struck 26 unforced errors and crashed out in only 64 minutes 

Heather Watson became the first Brit to bow out of the 2019 Australian Open on Monday with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat by Petra Martic.

The British No 3 looked short of her best in the stifling Melbourne heat and required two medical timeouts during the match.

She lost in just 64 minutes to cap a disappointing couple of seasons that saw her drop back outside the top 100 on the eve of the tournament.

Heather Watson plays a forehand shot during her difficult first-round match with Petra Martic

Heather Watson plays a forehand shot during her difficult first-round match with Petra Martic

Watson struck a huge 26 unforced errors in defeat.

The 31st seed, Martic, will now meet the winner of the match between Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina and Czech Republic’s Marketa Vandrousova.

There was at least some cheer for British fans as Katie Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova, with four more Brits in action on a bumper opening day of the fortnight. 

The No 31 seed celebrates on her way to a comfortable straight sets victory against Watson

The No 31 seed celebrates on her way to a comfortable straight sets victory against Watson

The British No 3 struggled with injury throughout and required two medical timeouts

The British No 3 struggled with injury throughout and required two medical timeouts