Heather Watson decides against break from tennis after Miami loss

British number one Heather Watson has decided to continue with her tennis schedule less than 24 hours after stating she would take a break.

Watson made the initial announcement on Tuesday after a first-round defeat for the second tournament in a row, saying she felt "burnt out".

But she told BBC Radio 5 live on Wednesday that she meant she wanted to return home to Guernsey for a few days.

"I'm going to carry on with my schedule," Watson said.

The 20-year-old lost 1-6 7-5 6-4 to Ayumi Morita of Japan in the first round of the Miami Masters on Tuesday, and has yet to win a match since reaching 39 in the world rankings.

Watson, who also lost to Irina-Camelia Begu in Indian Wells earlier this month, easily won the first set against Morita and raced into a 4-1 lead in the next.

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"Having lost from a position of 6-1, 4-1 up in the first round, Watson was pretty devastated and in her words 'not really thinking straight' when she said she would take a break from the sport.

"Her normal sunny demeanour had returned a day after her first-round loss in Miami, and there are no worries over her participation in Britain's Fed Cup World Group II match against Argentina."

But Morita, ranked 11 places below her young opponent, hit back to lead 5-4 and broke Watson again to force a decider.

The 23-year-old Japanese player secured two more breaks and completed victory in two hours 45 minutes when she converted a third match point.

Watson added: "I think after my match I just wasn't thinking straight and said things that could be interpreted in the wrong way.

"When I said I was burnt out and wanted to take a break, I meant I wanted to go home to Guernsey for a few days.

"I haven't been home to Guernsey since I left in December. I basically just want to put my racquet down for three or four days, have a rest and see my friends and family, as I haven't done that this year yet."

Watson is next scheduled to play at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, in the United States, starting on 1 April.

She is also set to play for Great Britain in their Fed Cup World Group II play-off against Argentina in Buenos Aires on 20 and 21 April.

Watson added: "I'll still play my normal schedule - Charleston in a week-and-a-half, and the Fed Cup, which are on my schedule, but I'll just have a few days off before that.

"This was my second year with the team getting to the play-offs and I felt so confident in our team of getting there. I'm looking forward to playing against Argentina, in Argentina."