Watson out Down Under
Heather Watson admitted her disappointment at losing to Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round of the Hobart International.
The British number three was looking for some much-needed match practice ahead of the Australian Open but she was unable to make it past round one despite serving for the match in the deciding set.
The Guernsey-born star had already played three matches in qualifying to make the main draw and looked good to progress to round two after securing a 5-4 lead in the third set.
But she was unable to serve out for the match and lost 7-6 (12-10) 3-6 7-6 (7-2) to the 24-year-old Bulgarian.
It was the Brit's first event back after injury and she was clearly upset to have thrown away a winning position, writing on Facebook: "Gutted I lost such a close one but I have had four good matches this week and definitely feel that I'm ready for Melbourne."
It has been a disappointing few days for the British women as Elena Baltacha lost to Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round in Tasmania on Sunday, while British number two Anne Keothavong lost in qualifying in Sydney.
All three will play at Melbourne Park and will hope to make some sort of impression in the event but a run to the second or third round will be considered a triumph for the British trio.