Bienne and Gone: Broady and Watson exit Biel in first round
By Jake Davies
- Julia Goerges  defeats Naomi Broady 6-4 6-2.
- Anett Kontaveit defeats Heather Watson 7-6 (2) 6-2
BIEL, SWITZERLAND – It was a bad day of the office for both the British Nos. 2 and 3, Naomi Broady and Heather Watson as they both exited the Ladies Open Biel Bienne in straight sets.
Julia Goerges  defeats Naomi Broady 6-4 6-2
World No.124 Naomi Broady fell short in her first round match in Biel as she lost in straight sets to the World No.46 and former Top 15 player Julia Goerges. The match really was all about which player could get the best out of their big serve and whether Broady could get the first strike in before her German opponent.
Unfortunately for Broady, Goerges imposed her power game on the British No.3 player far earlier than Broady and found her range on the forehand down the line into Broady’s one-handed backhand with regularity.
Facing Goerges in the first round is bad luck for Broady, who is in dire need for some match-wins to gain some confidence on the WTA circuit after a not-so-great 2017 season so far.
Anett Kontaveit defeats Heather Watson 7-6 (2) 6-2
Heather Watson, who is now floating outside the World’s Top 100, suffered an early exit at the hands of former US Open junior finalist Anett Kontaveit. Watson did not have one of her better serving days. A lot was made about Watson’s vast improvement and consistency on serve, but it was a bad day at the office in that regard.
The Brit faced a total of 18 break points in comparison to Kontaveit’s one, which tells the story of just how frequently Kontaveit could get a look at the serve of Watson on a regular basis.
Watson called for the trainer twice during the match with a suspected issue with her knee. The World No.110 will hope that it will not affect her preparation for the huge Fed Cup World Group II Play Off match against Romania in less than two weeks time.
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