Heather Watson loses to Mona Barthel at Bell Challenge

Watson bows out of Bell Challange at first hurdle after Barthel defeat

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07:41 GMT, 11 September 2012

Heather Watson suffered another first round exit after being defeated in the Bell Challenge in Quebec, but the Brit gave third seed Mona Barthel a big scare.

Watson, who also fell at the first hurdle in the US Open in her last outing, won the first set on a tie-break before her world No 36 ranked opponent levelled proceedings.

Barthel then capitalised as Watson appeared to run out of steam in the decider, the German 22-year-old advancing courtesy of a hard-fought 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win in two hours and 38 minutes.

End of the road: Watson suffered another first-round defeat

End of the road: Watson suffered another first-round defeat