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Defeats for Britons Watson & Bedene


3 August 2015 Last updated at 21:25

British number one Heather Watson lost in the Washington Open first round to wildcard Louisa Chirico.

It was the 23-year-old’s first match since
coming within two points of defeating eventual champion Serena Williams at Wimbledon a month ago.

But 19-year-old American Chirico, ranked 128, won easily, 6-3 6-0.

British men’s number two Aljaz Bedene, 26, lost 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-1 to another wildcard, Dennis Novak, at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel, Austria.

World number 57 Bedene
reached the Hamburg Open quarter-finals last week but failed to recapture that form.

The Slovenian-born Briton suffered defeat in what was a first victory at ATP level for the Austrian world number 256 Novak.