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Heather Watson lets her place in Paribas Open quarters slip away


Over and out: Heather Watson

Over and out: Heather Watson

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Over and out: Heather Watson

Heather Watson exited the BNP Paribas Open at the fourth-round stage after a final-set slump against Carla Suarez Navarro in Indian Wells.

Watson went into the match on a high after a career-best win over world number eight Agnieszka Radwanska.

She dropped the opener to Suarez Navarro, but despite clawing her way back into the contest, Watson fell to a 7-6 (7/5) 3-6 6-1 defeat.

Watson had served for the first set but was broken back by the world number 13 who went on to take it on her third opportunity in the tie-break.

But the Spaniard required a medical time-out for an ankle injury in the process and Watson looked favourite after levelling the match with a dominant second set.

But Watson's composure deserted her and she was broken twice in succession as her run in the tournament drew to a close.

Andy Murray's doubles campaign alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis came to an end at the second round stage when they lost 6-1 6-4 to Nenad Zimonjic and Marcin Matkowski.

Belfast Telegraph