Spain’s Navarro knocks out UK number one

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AFTER her straight sets win in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells over the Polish world number eight, Agnieszka Radwanska, Britain’s number one Heather Watson had a bigger hill to climb when taking on Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro.

Even though making it through to the last 16, Watson’s impressive run at Indian Wells ended with a frustrating loss to Navarro. The 22-year-old Watson fought a gruelling two-hour battle, forcing a decider in the first set, but eventually went down 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-1.

She later told BBC Radio 5: “I need to learn what I need to do better next time, stay positive and keep improving. I had my chances but wasn’t able to take them.

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“I gave it my absolute best, everything I had, I just wasn’t the better player.”

Despite the fourth-round defeat, Watson has still enjoyed one of the best weeks of her career and will collect £40,000 and 120 ranking points.

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