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Mike Whalley

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  1. Post update

    Join us for that match tomorrow. Thank you for your company today. It's been another US Open experience to forget for Heather Watson. Goodbye for now... but remember you can still listen to Radio 5 live sports extra commentary into Monday evening (UK only) via this page. 

  2. 'Nick's not a bad guy'

    Murray, though, has defended Kyrgios, telling BBC Sport: "I don't think he's a bad guy. He's just got to learn a little bit and he'll be fine."

  3. Kyrgios controversy

    Nick Kyrgios

    Australia's Kyrgios, ranked 37th in the world, has had torrid past few weeks.

    The 20-year-old was fined and given a suspended ban for comments made about Stan Wawrinka's girlfriend during their recent match in Montreal.

  4. Murray prepares

    Andy Murray

    So, with Heather Watson out, the British focus turns elsewhere. Andy Murray, who won the US Open in 2012, begins his campaign tomorrow against Nick Kyrgios, tennis' enfant terrible de nos jours. We'll have live text commentary of that right here - keep an eye on the website for details.

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    Watson 6-7 (3-7) 6-7 (0-7) Davis

    Matthew Vernon:  Not good enough from Heather today. She had more than enough chances to win that match. Needs to find a ruthless streak.

  6. 'Watson wasn't confident enough'

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) 6-7 (0-7) Davis

    A very disappointing day for Heather Watson, who must have thought she had a good chance to end her disappointing record at Flushing Meadows.

    "It's a match she should have won," former British number one Greg Rusedski told Sky Sports. "She wasn't confident. She wasn't willing to come forward enough. If she'd come forward and taken a few more risks there, she might have turned that match around. She'll be bitterly disappointed."

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    Abu Ali:  Hard to believe this is the same Heather Watson who was serving to knock out Serena at Wimbledon!

    Andrew Priestley:  If Heather Watson wants to become a top level player she has to learn how to win the big points at the big moments in matches.

  8. Post update

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) 6-7 (0-7)

    "I thought the match might have lasted longer," says an evidently surprised Davis as she conducts a post-match television interview on court. 

    It's a moment of history for the American, who reaches the second round at Flushing Meadows for the first time. She will face 13th seed Ekaterina Makarova next. The Russian, a semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows last year, beat Brazil's Teliana Pereira 6-3 6-3.

  9. Game, set and match

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) 6-7 (0-7) Davis

    It's all over. Watson nets a forehand, and exits the US Open at the first hurdle yet again. Davis was thoroughly on top in that tie-break. Painful for the Briton.

  10. Tie-break

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) 6-6 Davis (tie-break 0-6)

    Davis gets a double mini-break for a 3-0 lead as Watson first nets an attempted forehand down the line, and then gets dragged around in a long rally as the American wears her down. A long forehand from Watson, followed by a winner down the line from Davis, just about ties it up. To compound the British number one's pain, her opponent thumps a forehand across court into the corner. Davis is one point from victory.

  11. Latest results

    Ana Ivanovic is a goner. The Serbian seventh seed loses 6-3 3-6 6-3 to Dominika Cibulkova. Ivanovic received treatment for a foot injury during the match.

  12. Tie-break

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) 6-6 Davis

    A cross-court volley gives Watson a good start... but Davis will not go away, and responds with a huge forehand winner. Another cross-court shot from Watson is followed by a netted backhand from Davis for 40-15. The Briton holds firm in the next rally as Davis nets again - and once more, we're into a tie-break.

  13. Post update

    *Watson 6-7 (3-7) 5-6 Davis

    Lauren Davis

    Another Davis double fault gives an opening to Watson, who soon leads 0-30. The serving is getting very nervy again. Davis fights back to 30-30, then edges ahead with some brilliant reactions at the net. Watson bounces a shot at her, which hits the top of the net, and the American angles a winner across the court for 40-30. Another thrilling rally follows, before Davis steps up the pace and Watson goes long with a forehand.

    Now the Briton has to serve to stay in the match. The next few minutes will be a huge test for her.

  14. Davis breaks back

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) 5-5 Davis*

    Watson looks tentative on serve, and a brilliant forehand winner gives Davis a 15-30 lead. The Briton then mis-hits a backhand to give her opponent two break points - saving the first on her second serve as Davis balloons a forehand wide. Watson nets again with a first serve... and mis-hits when Davis returns her second. Oh dear.

    Frustration for Watson, who drops her racket to the ground in annoyance. That was not the service game of a player who expects to win this match. And if she carries on serving like that, she won't.

  15. Latest scores

    Ana Ivanovic

    Big trouble for Serbia's seventh seed Ana Ivanovic who trails Dominika Cibulkova 4-1 in the deciding set. Kei Nishikori is looking more secure - the Japanese now leads the talented Frenchman Benoit Paire 4-6 6-3 6-3.

  16. Post update

    *Watson 6-7 (3-7) 5-4 Davis

    British Davis Cup player Colin Fleming:  "It's certainly discombobulated Lauren Davis. I think she just got nervous there."

    Word of the day there, Colin. There's full commentary on the BBC Sport website - click the 'live coverage' icon at the top of this page.

  17. Watson breaks

    *Watson 6-7 (3-7) 5-4 Davis

    A double fault gets Davis off to a nervy start, and a two-handed passing shot from Watson makes it 0-30. How she needs to make the most of this chance...

    Davis serves long. Her second serve... is into the net. A double fault gives Watson three break points.

    Again, Davis serves into the net... twice! Astonishing - three double faults from the American, at the worst possible time, gift the game to Watson, who is now serving for the second set.

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    Mark:  This is a really winnable match for Heather and she is conspiring to lose it currently. Come on Watson!

  19. Post update

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) 4-4 Davis*

    A good cross-court winner from Watson to start, and she soon leads 30-0. A terrific down-the-line backhand winner from Davis gives the Briton something to think about. Davis then drags her opponent across court and misses a good forehand chance. Watson, playing well behind the baseline, cannot drive home the advantage, though, ballooning a forehand as Davis pulls back to deuce. No margin for error here...

    It's Davis who blinks first, with two errors that allow Watson to hold. The Briton hangs on.

  20. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport

    There is plenty of support for Watson as she struggles to find her game, possibly the lasting effect of her high-profile encounter with Serena Williams at Wimbledon. The Briton is certainly a more recognisable face than Davis, even to American fans, and apparently a big draw for an outside court. 

  21. Post update

    *Watson 6-7 (3-7) 3-4 Davis

    Davis holds without too much bother there... It feels as if she is gearing up for another attack on the Watson serve. The Briton has been pushed well outside her comfort zone by the world number 84 today, and she's looking a bit frustrated.

  22. Latest scores

    Grigor Dimitrov has seen off Australia's Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-2 6-4, while women's 15th seed Aga Radwanska has beaten Katerina Siniakova 6-2 6-3.

  23. Post update

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) 3-3 Davis*

    Watson punches a confident volley and then forces Davis to net a volley for a 30-0 lead. The American nets again from the Briton's next serve, before a smart return gets Davis on the board. Watson needs something good here. She brings out a massive serve that Davis cannot get to. A hold to 15, and the second set is level.

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    Joel Newnham:  At this rate @johannakonta could be British number 1

    Matthew Vernon:  Good to see a raucous crowd at Flushing Meadows...not. Nothing like the enthusiasm of Wimbledon.

  25. Watson breaks back

    *Watson 6-7 (3-7) 2-3 Davis

    But as the finish line approaches, now it's Davis who gets edgy, handing Watson two break points. The first is saved with an ace. At 30-40, Davis first serves into the net; Watson reaches the second serve and the American can't handle the pressure, looping a forehand long. A quick break back for Watson... who has to hold her own serve now to build some momentum.

  26. Davis breaks

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) 1-3 Davis*

    Heather Watson

    So it's Watson on serve, fighting to avoid opening-day elimination on Court 17 at Flushing Meadows. And she's in trouble; a long backhand gives Davis a 15-30 lead. The Briton bounces on her toes, trying to figure out a way past her opponent, but a wide backhand gives Davis two break points. Watson's first serve is into the net; her second is short - Davis attacks, and the Briton nets with a weak forehand. 

    It's Davis's match for the taking now.

  27. Post update

    *Watson 6-7 (3-7) 1-2 Davis

    Davis eases into a 30-0 lead, before Watson shows some of that fight with a fierce cross-court winner. The American goes to 40-15, but then nets a volley - she looks a little edgy herself. However, Watson volleys a forehand into the net, and Davis holds. The 21-year-old is showing plenty of power here.

  28. Latest scores

    It's been a poor 2015 so far for Grigor Dimitrov but the 17th seed has made a good start to his US Open campaign. The Bulgarian leads Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-2 2-3, although the Australian has a break in the third set.

  29. Post update

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) 1-1 Davis*

    Not the most convincing service game from Watson, and certainly nowhere near as imposing as she was on serve in the early stages. But she holds. She needs all her fight here.

  30. Post update

    British Davis Cup player Colin Fleming:  "I would try to encourage Heather to relax a little bit. She's got a lot of muscle tension. When that happens, you lose a little bit of pace in your shots. That's allowing Davis to step in and take control. I would also tell her to test the Davis forehand more."

    There's full commentary here on the BBC Sport website. Click the 'live coverage' icon at the top of the page.

  31. Post update

    *Watson 6-7 (3-7) 0-1 Davis

    Watson was serving well early on, but it all went a bit pear-shaped as the first set progressed. Davis, who was also looked edgy as she got close to the finishing line, holds without too much trouble in the opening game of the second. Watson has a lot of work to do against the 5ft 2in American, who is proving a very awkward customer.

  32. Post update

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) Davis

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    It's a sticky 28C and rising on court 17, and Watson is in for a tough afternoon if she is to come through this. Former singles finalist Greg Rusedski is courtside, a man who knew a thing or two about serving and has been helping Watson in that department. She could do with some help on her wayward forehand right now.

  33. Latest scores

    There are some big names in trouble elsewhere. Last year's beaten men's finalist Kei Nishikori  lost the first set 6-4 to Benoit Paire, but he has hit back to take the second set 6-3. 

    On Arthur Ashe Stadium, women's seventh seed Ana Ivanovic  also dropped the opener, 6-4 to 2014 Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova. It's 4-3 to Ivanovic, on serve, in the second set.

  34. Post update

    Watson 6-7 (3-7) Davis

    Heather Watson

    Former US Open doubles champion Andrea Hlavackova on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:"Lauren feels Heather is not going to attack her, so she feels more comfortable. Heather has to keep on serving well and maybe step up a couple of returns, not just put them into the court, but attack and wrong foot Lauren."

  35. Game and first set

    Watson 6-7 Davis (tie-break 3-7)

    Davis narrowly avoids serving a double fault with a second serve that clips the top of the net... a terrific rally follows, with both players whizzing round the court. Davis' backhand is a big weapon, though, and she draws in Watson before cutting her off with a stylish cross-court winner. 5-2.

    Watson hits back on serve for 5-3, but Davis crunches a shot past the Briton on the next point. Is it in? Watson challenges - but it's good. Davis has serve and three set points. The first serve is long; the second is returned well by Watson, but Davis defends well. Watson blinks first with a long forehand... and it's the world number 84 who takes the first set.

  36. Tie-break

    Watson 6-6 Davis (tie-break 2-4)

    Lauren Davis

    Watson wins the opening point on serve, but Davis responds with two aces for a 2-1 lead, then pounces on a second serve with a huge forehand just inside the baseline for a mini-break. Watson holds the next point at the end of a rally, but a long backhand allows Davis to maintain her advantage at the change of ends.

  37. Tie-break - Watson breaks again

    Watson 6-6 Davis

    Davis wins the first point, then slips while looking to change direction on the second and ends up doing the splits, which looks painful. The American seems to lose momentum there, losing the next two points to give Watson a chance at 15-40. Davis misses her first serve, and then hands the Briton the game with a backhand error. It's another break - Watson has saved herself again, and we're into a tie-break...

  38. Davis breaks again

    Watson 5-6 Davis*

    All of a sudden, Watson is in trouble again. She starts with a double fault, and things slip away quickly from there, as Davis gets two break points. The American keeps up the pressure, rushing into the net. Watson sees an opening down the line, but misjudges the backhand, which is wide. It's the third successive break of service - and gives Davis a second chance to serve for the set. Loose game that from Watson.

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    Michelle:  Strong backhand from @HeatherWatson92 come on win this match #USOpen2015

  40. Watson breaks back

    *Watson 5-5 Davis

    Heather Watson

    Davis starts with a double fault, but quickly recovers for a 30-15 lead. The nerves strike the American, hitting a forehand long to allow Watson back to 30-30 - and the Briton pounces on that tension, with a backhand that Davis cannot return. A break point for Watson leads to a tense rally - a chance! But she misses! A forehand down the line from the British number one is long, and we're at deuce.

    Another long Watson forehand presents Davis with a set point. The American can't take the chance, though, netting with a forehand volley. Both players look very jittery here. Now Watson crunches a forehand down the line - what a response! Another break point. And this time the Briton takes her chance, holding her nerve in the rally as Davis dumps the ball into the bottom of the net with a tight forehand volley.

    It's a break apiece - we're level again. Watson has, for now, saved the first set.

    (* denotes next server)

  41. Post update

    Watson 4-5 Davis*

    British Davis Cup player Colin Fleming on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:  "Since that 3-2 game, both players have been wrestling for the momentum. When Watson had those three points, they were all played on Davis's terms. And when Davis had the break points, they were again played on her terms. That's the difference - Davis is stepping up and taking control at the key moments."

  42. Davis breaks

    Watson 4-5 Davis*

    Watson moves quickly to 30-0 - but then she nets a backhand return and gets into trouble on the next rally, allowing Davis to stretch her in a rally before thumping a volley past her. 30-30. Watson responds with an ace, but then misjudges a forehand into the net at the end of another long rally - and is taken to deuce on her own serve for the first time in the match.

    Davis earns a break point with a clever forehand down the line that Watson nets, and a cross-court forehand error from the Briton hands the American the game. Davis will now serve for the set - and that has come out of nowhere.

  43. Post update

    *Watson 4-4 Davis

    And yet, Davis holds comfortably. A neat backhand winner for a 30-0 lead is followed by an ace. Watson responds with a good cross-court return, but Davis finishes the game with a second serve that Watson returns into the net. Good recovery from Davis there after the difficulties in her last service game.

  44. Post update

    Watson 4-3 Davis*

    Former US Open doubles champion Andrea Hlavackova on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "That was a good hold for Heather. Sometimes, when you have a chance to break and don't take it, you can then lose your own next service game because your momentum has gone. But she has kept up the pressure."

  45. Post update

    Watson 4-3 Davis*

    Heather Watson

    So, after a cagey opening, the match is opening up a little. Watson still looks in control of the rallies on her own serve, with a lovely backhand winner finishing one exchange for a 40-15 lead, before finishing with a forehand winner for a confident hold. Over to you, Lauren...

    (* denotes next server)

  46. Post update

    *Watson 3-3 Davis

    Watson sees an opening and pounces, pinning Davis back on the baseline in a series of rallies. There's a forehand winner and a couple of Davis errors, and suddenly Watson has a 0-40 lead and three break points. Davis takes her time, composes herself, and saves all three. Some superb work by the 21-year-old American - engineering her points well to save the second and third break points. The rallies are getting longer as we go to deuce; Watson saves one game point, but Davis takes her second chance to hold with a cross-court winner as a Watson drop shot is a bit short.

    Watson, though, is stepping up the pressure. This is encouraging from the British number one.

    (* denotes next server)

  47. Can Watson earn first New York win?

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Watson has had some horror draws at Flushing Meadows, so her 0-4 record is a bit misleading, but she had a chance to progress last year against an apparently out-of-form Sorana Cirstea. In the event, the Romanian won 6-1 6-1 and a year on Watson was still bemused. "I don't know what happened there," she said. Facing Davis represents another real chance to break her New York duck.

  48. Post update

    Watson 3-2 Davis*

    Watson isn't making much headway on Davis so far, but her serve is secure, so she can afford to be patient for now. The Briton is well in control, holding to 15 this time, and clinching the game with a rally that ends with Davis hitting a forehand wide.

    (* denotes next server)

  49. Post update

    *Watson 2-2 Davis

    Lauren Davis

    The first big rally of the match, a 21-shot effort, ends with Davis coming out on top for a 30-0 lead, before Watson hits back with an excellent forehand return. It's the only point Watson has won against serve so far - Davis is hitting the ball well, as she holds.

  50. Post update

    Watson 2-1 Davis*

    Solid serving once more from Watson, with Davis not giving much in response so far. The Briton seals the game with an ace that clips the line - Davis challenges, but Hawk-Eye calls it good, and we remain with serve.

    (* denotes next server)

  51. Early start a benefit?

    *Watson 1-1 Davis

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    A cloudy start to the day in New York is threatening to turn into a scorcher this afternoon, so Watson might benefit from the early start. I happened to be the person to deliver the news on Saturday that she would be playing first on day one. "Am I?" she said with a smile. "That's OK. I like it, because I know exactly when I'm going to play."

  52. Post update

    *Watson 1-1 Davis

    Lauren Davis seems to be having a bit of hair trouble. The American has long brown locks under a sun visor, and needs to go to her chair to fix herself back into place. It doesn't stop her holding to love, though. A couple of unforced errors from Watson in that game, and we're all square.

    (* denotes next server)

  53. Post update

    Watson 1-0 Davis*

    Former US Open double champion Andrea Hlavackova on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:  "You can tell Heather is a bit nervous going into this match. But I think all the girls are going into a Grand Slam. You walk into the locker room and notice the girls are bit more on edge than usual.

  54. Post update

    Watson 1-0 Davis*

    Heather Watson

    A confident start from Watson soon takes her to 40-0, before a double fault gives Davis a glimmer, but the Briton sees the game out without too much trouble.

    (*denotes next server)

  55. Post update

    Watson 0-0 Davis

    Lauren Davis, dressed in a bright red/pink outfit, takes a swig of drink. Heather Watson, in a blue outfit, adjusts her luminous yellow headband. The players take their positions, and we're ready to go. It's Watson to serve...

  56. The prize at stake

    Watson v Davis

    The winner of today's match is likely to face a second-round meeting with Russian 13th seed Ekaterina Makarova - a semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows last year. Makarova is facing unseeded Brazilian Teliana Pereira today.

  57. Watson: In her own words

    Watson v Davis

    Here's what Heather Watson said to BBC Sport as she prepares to step back on to the Grand Slam stage for the first time since Wimbledon.

    "You have to get the motivation back after such a big match on a big stage," she said.

    "You've got to find that fire and that fight every single week, no matter how loud or quiet it is.

    "Apart from the few days after the [Williams] match, I haven't thought about it at all really. I'm not looking back now, I'm looking ahead."

  58. Here come the players...

    Watson v Davis

    The players are out on Court 17: Lauren Davis bounds out first, with Heather Watson looking relaxed just behind her. Time for a bit of warming up, and then we're ready. Let's hear from Watson...

  59. Dangerous Davis?

    Lauren Davis

    Davis, of the United States, is ranked below Watson - she's 84th in the world. The 21-year-old has been to the third round at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, though, and is renowned for her speed around the court. The Briton will have to be on her guard.

  60. Heather eyes history

    Today, though, as the US Open gets under way, the 23-year-old is chasing a little bit of history. She has never been beyond the first round at Flushing Meadows before - but neither has her opponent, Lauren Davis.

  61. Testing times

    Watson has had mixed results since then, though and - having reached a career-high ranking of 38 in January, has slipped back to 61st. The top-20 place remains some way off for the British number one.

  62. The wonder of Watson

    Serena Williams and Heather Watson

    3 July. Wimbledon. Centre Court. In a pulsating third-round match against Serena Williams, Heather Watson gives notice that she is ready to compete with the world's best, getting to within two points of victory before losing 6-2 4-6 7-5.

    "She could get beyond the top 20, she is playing really well," Williams says afterwards.