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13th - 26th January 2014
Melbourne Park, Australia
Last updated: 18/01/2013
Heather Watson by Getty Images
Heather Watson’s Australian Open came to an end today after a straight sets defeat at the hands of the world No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska.
The Polish fourth seed overcame the Briton with a 6-3, 6-1 win in 84 minutes on Hisense Arena.
“I thought I had a good start to the match” said British No.1 Watson. “I had chances early on to break, but I wasn't able to convert. And I think after that game that I didn't convert it kind of just slipped away a little bit.”
Despite the loss, Watson who last met Radwanska at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, feels more confident about her performance against the top players.
“I feel like I did a lot better this time than last time, and the score doesn't really show how I felt out there. I felt like I was in it and it was a lot closer. But I felt a lot more confident this time. I felt like I could have been closer to winning that first set, and next time I'm just going to have to learn to take my opportunities and get better at that and staying mentally tough and focused throughout the whole match.”
In the Men's draw defending champion Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych all came through their round round matches without losing a set. Maria Sharapova was impressive on her 6-1, 6-3 win over Venus Williams while there were also wins for Angelique Kerber, Li Na and Ana Ivanovic.
Janko Tipsarevic fought from two sets to one down to see off Julien Benneteau and Kevin Anderson overcame Fernando Verdasco in five sets. Julia Goerges came from 3-5 down in the third to defeat Zheng Jie and Ekaterina Makarova held off a comeback from Marion Bartoli to win 6-4 in the decider.
The second and third seeds in the women's doubles were sent packing in the second round. Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova fell to Kimiko Date-Krumm and Arantxa Parra Santonja while Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua saw off Lisa Raymond and Maria Kirilenko.