Australian Open: Heather Watson beaten by Radwanska

  • 18 January 2013
Agnieszka Radwanska and Heather Watson

British tennis number one Heather Watson has been knocked out of the Australian Open.

She was defeated in her third round match by Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland in straight sets 6-3 6-1.

"I thought I had a good start to the match," Watson said. "I had chances early on to break but I wasn't able to convert."

It was the pair's second meeting - Radwanska beat Watson at Wimbledon 2012.

But Watson said: "I feel like I did a lot better this time than last time, and the score doesn't really show how I felt out there. I felt like I was in it and it was a lot closer."

Britain's female hopes now rest on Laura Robson, who faces Sloane Stephens from America.

Over in the men's competition, defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Radek Stepanek from the Czech Republic in straight sets 6-4 6-3 7-5.