Heather Watson crashes out in first round yet again
Heather Watson lost 7-6 7-6 in the first round of the US Open in a disappointing display against Lauren Davis.
The British No 1 lost the first set in a tie-break after she had twice stopped the American from clinching it on serve.
The 23-year-old then served for the second set at 5-4 but was broken after a poor service game, allowing the world No 84 to take the match to a second tie-break.
Watson, who nearly knocked out Serena WIlliams at WImbledon earlier this summer, eventually fell at the first hurdle for the fifth year in a row after Davies took a 6-0 lead in the second breaker and converted her first match point.
Lauren Davis of the United States returns a shot to Heather Watson of Great Britain on day one of the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY SportsReuters
Watson said: "I was thinking a lot about this match, thinking that it was a big opportunity and about the previous years and my results here. Maybe I thought about that a bit too much.
"I was cramping a little bit in my hand, and then when I moved to the other side of the court I started cramping in my legs.
I'm fit coming into the tournament. It's not that I'm not fit. It was just a mix of the tension and a bit of the stress and everything together."
Watson will stay on in Flushing Meadows to play in the doubles with New Zealander Marina Erakovic before returning to London.