Australian Open: Brit Heather Watson edged out by Jennifer Brady despite five match points
HEATHER WATSON suffered a heartbreaking exit at the Australian Open after letting slip five match points.
05:05, Thu, Jan 19, 2017
| UPDATED: 05:27, Thu, Jan 19, 2017
The Brit fell to a 6-2, 6-7, 8-10 defeat to Jennifer Brady as Watson just ran out of steam against her American opponent.
Brady managed to withstand early pressure to ensure 24-year-old Watson didn't match her 2013 effort of reaching the third round Down Under.
Heather Watson has only ever reached the third round of the Australian Open once before (2013)
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Watson had shown promise earlier in the tournament after beating 18th seed Sam Stosur in the first round.
And for much of the match on Thursday morning, she indicated another victory was on the cards.
A 6-2 win in the first set had Brady rattled but she recovered and showed composure to just about send the pair into a third set.
Heather Watson was left frustrated after she failed to capitalise on her five match points
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Watson had five match points but failed to captialise on her chances to clinch the contest.
There was success elsewhere for Brits though as Johanna Konta won in straight sets, leaving British women's hopes of success in Australia on her shoulders.
In the men's, Kyle Edmund also lost early on as Pablo Carreno Busta dispatched with the Brit.
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