US Open 2017: Heather Watson loses to Ekaterina Makarova in first round

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Heather Watson won the US Open junior title in 2009

Heather Watson has been beaten in the US Open first round for the eighth successive year, losing 6-1 3-6 6-3 to Ekaterina Makarova in New York.

Watson, ranked 116th, won five games in a row from 3-1 down in the second set but a single break in the decider was enough to give the Russian victory.

The British number three, 26, won the Flushing Meadows junior title in 2009 but is yet to win a main-draw match.

She converted only two of seven break-point opportunities against Makarova.

World number 49 Makarova, a 2014 semi-finalist, took four of her six break-point chances.

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