Heather Watson & Aljaz Bedene lose opening matches

Heather Watson
Heather Watson gave top seed Serena Williams a huge scare at Wimbledon last month

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.

Aljaz Bedene
Bedene reached the quarter-finals of last week's Hamburg Open

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