British teenager Watson toppled in Hobart first round by Pironkova
British teenager Heather Watson was knocked out of the Moorilla Hobart International in the first round on Monday by Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova.
The 19-year-old from Guernsey responded well after losing a lengthy first-set tie-break, but ultimately fell short as Pironkova secured a 7-6 (12/10) 3-6 7-6 (7/2) victory.
Exit: Heather Watson followed fellow Brit Elena Baltacha out of the Hobart competition
Watson, who withdrew from the season-opening WTA tournament in Auckland due to an ankle injury, qualified for the main draw in Hobart with a three-set triumph over Germany's Kristina Barrois on Sunday.
Pironkova will play Anna Chakvetadze in round two after the Russian defeated third-seeded Romanian Monica Niculescu.
Watson's defeat follows British No 1 Elena Baltacha's straight sets exit to eighth seed Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu on Sunday.