Result: Heather Watson loses in China

British number one Heather Watson loses 6-1 3-6 3-6 to America's Varvara Lepchenko in the first round of the China Open.

British number one Heather Watson has been beaten in the first round of this year's China Open.

The 21-year-old cruised through the opening set against Varvara Lepchenko, however the American stormed back to win 1-6 6-3 6-3 inside 116 minutes.

World number 55 Lepchenko, who is 21 places above Watson in the WTA rankings, will play Petra Kvitova in round two.

Watson has now lost four consecutive matches.

Heather Watson hits a forehand return shot during her first round match with Alexandra Cadantu at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 14, 2013
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