WTA Korea Open: Heather Watson loses to 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm

Last Updated: 17/09/13 6:47pm

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Heather Watson: Beaten in opening round by veteran Japanese player

Heather Watson: Beaten in opening round by veteran Japanese player

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Heather Watson was sent crashing out of the WTA Korea Open first round by 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm after a gruelling three-set encounter.

The Japanese player came from a set down to defeat the 78th-ranked Watson 3-6 6-3 6-4 in a match that lasted two hours and 26 minutes.

Watson, who at 21 wasn't born when Date-Krumm began her career back in 1988, has been working with coach Jeremy Bates following a season which was heavily disrupted by glandular fever.

In the day's other first round games, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska sealed a comfortable 6-4 6-0 victory against Romania's Alexandra Cadantu while second seed Maria Kirilenko defeated Chin-Wei Chan from Taiwan 6-3 6-3.

However, a couple of seeds did fall with fourth-ranked Klara Zakopalova from the Czech Republic losing to Korea's Su Jeong Jang 6-3 6-1 and seventh-seeded German Andrea Petkovic going out to 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, 6-1 2-6 6-4.

Meanwhile, Risa Ozaki pushed Annika Beck to the brink of defeat in the second set before being overcome by the German in three sets 3-6 7-6 (5) 6-4.

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