Japan Open: Defeat for Heather Watson while Stosur and Bouchard progress with ease
Heather Watson's disappointing 2013 continued as she lost to Monica Puig at the Japan Open.
Last Updated: 08/10/13 1:01am
Watson had started the year 49th in the world rankings but has subsequently plummeted to 92nd after a run of indifferent performances.
The Brit's hopes of recapturing her title-winning form of 2012 vanished as she lost in straight sets to seventh seed Puig in Osaka.
Watson showed glimpses of her best as she broke Puig on three occasions, however she had constant problems with her own serve as she suffered a 6-4 6-4 loss.
The 21-year-old dropped her serve five times and she faced 14 break points in total.
Watson had led 3-1 in the second set but Puig rallied to seal the win in 93 minutes.
Second seed Samantha Stosur was barely troubled as she beat Johanna Larsson 6-4 6-2, while wildcard Kurumi Nara saw off Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-2.
Fourth seed Eugenie Bouchard also secured her place in the second round with a straight-sets win, the Canadian overcoming Varvara Lepchenko 6-3 6-0, while Misaki Doi toppled Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1 6-2.