Watson loses in Katowice first round

Heather Watson

Watson had beaten Pliskova in their only previous meeting

British number two Heather Watson was beaten in the opening round of the Katowice Open in Poland.

The 23-year-old world number 55 lost 6-2 3-6 6-4 to Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic, ranked 88.

After the first two sets were shared, Watson lost her first two service games in the decider to go 3-0 down.

She battled back but missed three break-point chances to make it 3-3 and Pliskova held her nerve thereafter to secure the victory.

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