Heather Watson and Laura Robson suffered defeats in Edgbaston at Aegon Classic as both of them lost in the straight sets.Watson did fall six-four six-three in an hour and eleven minutes to the player, Alla Kudryavtseva, ranked one-hundred-eighteen places below Briton.
Her compatriot was followed by Robson soon, a second weak serve contributing to six-three six-four defeat from Daniela Hantuchova.The loss at six-four six-one to Kristina Mladenovic by Johanna Konta means that there remain no Britons in draw.
Less surprising was Konta’s defeat as wildcard competed against one opponent seeded at 12th, though Mladenovic was set for battling past number 4 British, Tara Moore, during 1st round.
This was British No.2, Watson’s, 3rd match since return from 2-month suffering from glandular fever. He said that his serve was quite awful and that she was a tough opponent. He also said that he was quite frustrated as he played well during the 1st match and thought it would get better than even that but it proved to be totally opposite and that being slow to ball as well as slow thinking came from not into playing from some time.
The twenty-one years old wasn’t serious threat for Kudryavtseva, the Russian qualifier, losing 1st set and falling rapidly behind by 5-2 in second after getting broken thrice.
A fightback was attempted by Watson in which the 25-year old opponent was prevented from serving the match out, but crumbled again over her serve.
In 2013: Laura Robson
- January: Secures ranking of top-50 for 1st time and beats Petra Kvitova for reaching Australian Open’s 3rd round.
- May: Beats number four in world, Agnieszka Radwanska, within Madrid but gets beaten through Caroline Wozniacki during French Open’s 1st round.
- June: separates fom coach Zelijko Krajan, replacing him with Miles Maclagan, former coach of Andy Murray’
The Briton could only perform below standards which she set during the victory of opening-round over Melinda Czink of Hungary and poorly served, winning about 59% of the points on 1st serve and about 42% of them in 2nd serve.
The match did end with double fault through Watson’s side that allowed Kudryavtseva to have unbeaten record maintained over Briton with 2nd career victory against her.
The faulty serve of Robson against the previous world no. 5, Hantuchova, proved costly too. British no.1 won 92 percent of the points on first serve but only 27 percent on second serve.
This nineteen-years-old started to work with Miles Maclagan, the new coach, last week, also describing to her the relationship with the former mentor of Andy Murray as very good.
Robson said that it does take much time as well as had work over practice court and that they had worked a lot on his serve. He also admitted that he indeed moved up for ball a little bit more.