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Robson and Watson out at Australian Open

January 13, 2014 09:15 am

Laura Robson and Heather Watson both suffered first round defeats to end British interest in the women's singles at the Australian Open.

Robson refused to blame a recent wrist injury after her involvement in Melbourne lasted just 50 minutes, following a 6-3, 6-0 defeat to Belgium's 18th seed Kirsten Flipkens.

The 19-year old, in her first competitive match of the year, made 32 unforced errors and her quick-fire loss, in one of the first games on court, meant she was the first player out of the tournament.

"I prefer not to talk about my wrist because then it's just going to become this massive excuse," said Olympic mixed doubles silver medallist Robson, who turns 20 next week.

"Really she just played better than me. It was up and down the whole time, and I don't think I ever really got into a rhythm at all."

Watson put up more of a fight against 31st seed Daniela Hantuchova but after two hours and 34 minutes was beaten 5-7, 6-3, 3-6

"I feel like it's an opportunity lost for me," she said. "I felt I was close throughout the match.

"I've had a good start to the year, I've improved as a player, and it's been a positive few weeks."

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