Tokyo 2020 tennis - Superb Iga Swiatek reaches next round, Heather Watson dumped out of Olympics
Number six seed Iga Swiatek booked her place in the next round of Tokyo 2020 with a commanding straight set victory over Germany's Mona Barthel. Swiatek is competing in her first Olympics, while it was a disappointing day on the court of Team GB's Heather Watson. The Brit came out on the wrong end of a tight contest with Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam.
Heather Watson of Team Great Britain plays a backhand during the practice session ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
With both players appearing to wilt slightly under the sun, icebags were regular features between games, tiredness began to creep into Watson’s game.
Friedsam was able to benefit off some missed shots, racing into a 4-2 lead and eventually offered the chance to serve for the match.
Watson carved out three break points but bounced her racket off the court in frustration when Friedsam battled back to hold serve and move 5-3 ahead.
An easy shot fired straight into the net unravelled Watson in the deciding game and the Brit bowed out of the Olympics off the back of a broken service game.
“I think whoever I played, I would have been really disappointed with the outcome today," Watson said post-match. "It definitely wasn’t my best tennis but I gave it my best with what I had, it just wasn’t enough.
“There were too many unforced errors that came and went in waves. I am just very disappointed with the outcome.”
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