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Watson is fighting to be fit for Wimbledon

By Nick Mashiter

British number one Heather Watson dismissed any Wimbledon injury fears despite crashing out of the Aegon Classic in the first round.

The 23-year-old lost 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 to qualifier Aleksandra Krunic on the Ann Jones Centre Court in Birmingham.

Watson pulled out of the Aegon Open in Nottingham last week citing an elbow problem and was heavily strapped and never looked comfortable.

She remains confident the injury will not hamper her Wimbledon preparations, though, ahead of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, which starts on Monday.

"I'm looking after it and making sure I feel good. I'm definitely going to Eastbourne and I'm definitely going to Wimbledon," she said.

"I don't think it's why I lost, I'm still managing it, still looking after it. I lost because I played really poorly."

No.1 seed Simona Halep comfortably beat British wildcard entry Naomi Broady in the second round in straight sets 6-4 6-2 as the world No.3 continues her run-up to Wimbledon after losing in the semi finals last year.

Elsewhere, Victoria Azarenka beat Varvara Lepchenko 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 and Jelena Jankovic cruised to victory over Tereza Smitkova, winning 6-4 6-4.

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