2016 French Open

‎Kuznetsova makes Watson wilt

Former French Open champion thrashes Brit

Svetlana Kuznetsova at #RG16

Heather Watson joined the rest of the British women on the sidelines in Paris after losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The Guernsey girl was brushed aside 6-1 6-3 by the Russian veteran, the 2009 French Open champion, in 72 minutes.

Kuznetsova, the #13 seed, dominated throughout with a controlled and powerful game plan that left Watson stunned.

With the opening set quickly over, Watson broken four times on her serve, the Brit upped her game. She showed enough in her tactics to suggest a third set.

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Watson, like the rest of the Brit pack, prefer grass courts to clay

The vast experience and clever consistency of shots from Kuznetsova proved too hot to handle, which saw Watson wilt on court.

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Kuznetsova celebrates a dominant win at #RG16

The last-standing Brit left in the draw, following exits by seeded Johanna Konta and world #329 Laura ‎Robson, was  unlikely to give Kuznetsova much of a worry.

For Watson, who qualified for August’s Olympics courtesy of victory over American Nicole Gibbs in the 1st Round, this was her bête noir as she has yet to reach the 3rd Round in Paris in six attempts.

A week off to fine tune her game before the short grass season beckons, but Watson will reflect on a positive clay court campaign and no doubt hope to avoid Kuznetsova in the 2016 Aegon International draw.

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