Watson retires injured in Rogers Cup while Edmund loses to Ferrer in opener

 

By Jake Davies

  • Heather Watson retires in Rogers Cup opener against Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-1 4-1 RET
  • David Ferrer defeats Kyle Edmund 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-3
TORONTO & MONTREAL, CANADA – It was not a great start for the Brits in the two Rogers Cup tournaments as both Heather Watson and Kyle Edmund went out in their openers.

 

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Heather Watson retires in Rogers Cup main draw match

Heather Watson retired from 1-6 1-4 down in her first round match against 19-year-old Naomi Osaka as she was suffering with a shoulder injury.

Watson came through the first two rounds of qualifying at the Rogers Cup tournament earlier in the week, but after seeing the trainer in the second set, she decided that there was no way she was going to turn the match around with the problematic shoulder injury she was struggling with.

 

David Ferrer def. Kyle Edmund 6-7(5) 6-4 6-3

British No.2 player Kyle Edmund suffered a first round loss to former Grand Slam finalist David Ferrer at the Canadian Masters event in Montreal. Edmund had come into this tournament high on confidence and with great motivation for a long and successful US Open series campaign, after making the semi-finals in Atlanta and only just losing to Grigor Dimitrov, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, in a tough three-sets in Washington.

Edmund did well to take the first set against the Spaniard as he was originally down a service break. The Brit stared at a set and a break lead in the second set, but the experienced, determined and dogged Ferrer turned the set around in his favour. He raced into a 3-0 lead in the third set, which seemingly looked like it would leave the Brit mentally checked out of the match, but the British No.2 fought back to 3-4. The No.33 player in the world, Ferrer, broke again in the eighth game before sealing victory.

In some ways it is a positive loss for Edmund. He is constantly giving the more experienced guys on the tour competitive outings, which is a positive sign in the next year or so. The disappointing thing for Edmund is knowing that he had plenty of opportunities against a player, who returns a lot better than he serves. The Brit may feel like this was the one that got away in many respects.

Johanna Konta is the only remaining Brit, and she will get her campaign started in Toronto in the week.

 

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