Brit scares Maria Sharapova at the US Open

Outside of Andy Murray, it's not very often that we hear positive things about British tennis: usually the vast bulk of our players get dumped out of the Grand Slam events early on, and then the post-mortem starts. However there's been some (slightly different) news from the US Open, after young Briton Heather Watson nearly knocked out Maria Sharapova.

The 19-year-old was beaten 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round, but frequently had the Russian, who is ranked 100 places higher than her, on the ropes. At one stage she led 6-3, 5-5, but she couldn't finish the job. However Sharapova was in no oubt as to how tough her opponent was.

'It was one of the toughest (opening matches) that I've had,' said Sharapova. 'Obviously not really knowing too much about my opponent and not facing her before, she just came out and played really smart.

'There's no doubt that I wasn't playing my best tennis. She was smart in making me hit another ball. I was making so many errors out there. She stuck to her game plan. She kept grinding.'

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