Watson defeated in Poitiers semis
Heather Watson's run in Poitiers came to an end in the semi-finals with defeat to Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson.
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The 21-year-old had won three matches at one tournament for the first time all season but could not make it four as she went down 6-4 2-6 6-2.
Although Arvidsson is ranked down at 146, she has been a top-30 player and had beaten Watson comfortably in their last meeting.
All the British number three's matches this week have been three sets, and perhaps that caught up with her a little as she faded in the deciding set.
It is nevertheless encouraging to see Watson coping with a succession of lengthy matches given her battle with glandular fever this year.
Fitness has been a concern but she opted to extend her season by dropping down to the second-tier ITF circuit and next week will play in the tournament in Barnstaple.