Australian Open 2015 Sickness Couldnt Have Come At Worst Time Says Heather Watson
Heather Watson admitted feeling “very light headed and low on energy” after losing in the first round of the Australian Open.
The British No 1 needed on-court treatment after feeling ill as she went down 6-4 6-0 to Tsvetana Pironkova.
“It sucks, really sucks,” she said.
On a sorry day for British tennis, James Ward revealed his defeat followed the recent death of his grandmother while Kyle Edmund also lost.
But the biggest letdown was the defeat of Watson, who had come into the first Grand Slam of the season after her weekend victory at the Hobart International.
The Channel Islander, who battled glandular fever in 2013, reported she woke up on Monday feeling “bloated and weak” – and her suffering continued against the world No 52 from Bulgaria.
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“I don’t think it’s glandular fever again – it’s just one of those things, one of those days,” she said.
“I get it sometimes. I’m going to go to see the doctor and see if there’s anything I can do to help with times like these in the future.
“I think it’s just one of these things that I have, girl things. It just happens. I just think it’s to do with my body and how it works.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s come but I didn’t cope well with it. Pironkova took advantage.
“It’s really frustrating especially at the one time I really do want all my energy, want to be 100 per cent. But it happens and you’re de alt different cards on different days and I should have de alt with it better.”
After losing at Wimbledon in 2009, Serb Jelena Jankovic said: “It’s not easy being a woman sometimes.”
Watson first suffered symptoms of glandular fever here in 2103 – she was treated by the same doctor – and slid down to world No 161 last year. Her victory in Hobart had lifted her back up to a career-high No 38.
ReutersFamily tragedy: James Ward has been left devastated by the death of his grandma
Ward took the first set off No 31 seed Fernando Verdasco and led 4-2 in the third before going down 2-6 6-0 7-6 6-3.
The British No 2 then revealed: “My grandma passed away a few days ago. It is an important thing – I used to live with her a lot.
“Of course it has been on my mind – it has been tough. I don’t want to talk about it or make excuses. It is difficult. We are a very close family, it was a bit of a shock. I will go home for the funeral and get on with it and then look forward.”
Edmund, who came through qualifying, is still looking for a first win in a Grand Slam after a 6-4 6-4 6-3 defeat to world No 38 Steve Johnson.
“I really struggled to get on his serve, especially towards the end of the second set and in the third,” admitted the 20-year-old.
“There wasn’t a lot of rhythm going on due to the fact that he was serving really well.
“I wouldn’t say I’ve faced many serves like that, of that quality. I’m still young and I’m still learning about facing those types of serve. It is something I will have to go away and work on to get better.”
Aljaz Bedene strengthened his case for a UK passport by needing on-court treatment before losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.
Dan Evans, who is playing a Futures event in Sheffield this week, is the last British man other than Andy Murray to win a singles match at a Grand Slam. He reached the third round of the 2013 US Open.
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