By Ros Satar
ATP 250 Marseille, France:
Bopanna/Fleming d Cerretani/Shamasdin 6-3 6-7(2) 10-7
Mahut/Roger-Vasselin d Murray/Peers 6-4 3-6 12-10
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) def Heather Watson (GBR) 6-1 6-2
The rankings can be deceptive, as the British No. 1 and fourth seed Heather Watson found out in the WTA Memphis Quarter-Final.
Well actually, let’s be fair – both are top 100 players and at a WTA International event, this quarter-final could have been anyone’s for the taking.
Watson led the head-to-head, having defeated Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele in the French Open R2, in 2011.
It was another slow start for the Brit, losing her first two service games to put her opponent up 3-0 within the first ten minutes.
Despite saving two break points on her next serve, Watson found herself now 0-5 down in the first set.
Watson finally broke Voegele to get herself on the board at 1-5, but to no avail, as she was not able to consolidate on her own serve, with Voegele taking the first set in 25 minutes.
It would have to be won the hard way. Again.
Another early break of the Watson serve, and the match was slipping away from the Brit awfully quickly as she found herself 1-4 down.
As much as one can follow a match using live-scores, there was some evidence of Watson’s fighting spirit, as she fought to hold on to her serve in the 6th game.
Watson had to serve to stay in the match, but Voegele just proved to be too sharp on the day, as Watson bowed out at the quarter-final stage in less than an hour.
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