World No. 94 Heather Watson feels there needs to be more WTA events. After losing in the Australian Open second round, Watson spoke about her upcoming schedule. "Well, there's not really many options. It's just Dubai and Doha, which is what I'm entered in, but because there aren't many options," Watson said, per Tennis Majors.
"I was just talking to one of the players in the locker room actually that I'm going to have to enter an ITF just in case because everybody is going to be playing the same thing. "I know they've made the draw bigger in Dubai, so that should help, but still...
a lot of players in the in between -- it's not even in between, but like from 70 to like 250, it's hard to -- you either play a lower ITF or Dubai/Doha."
Watson out of the Australian Open
On Thursday, Watson was beaten by No.
29 seed Tamara Zidansek in the Australian Open second round. Zidansek, ranked at No. 29 in the world, handed a 7-6 (4) 6-4 loss to Watson to progress into the Australian Open third round. Zidansek claimed the first break of the match in the third game but Watson broke back in the fourth game.
Zidansek then claimed her second break of the match in the fifth game but again got broken back in the following game. Watson had a chance to steal the first set but Zidansek saved a set point in the 12th game to force a tie-break.
After saving a set point, Zidansek realized her first set point to win a tight opener. Watson responded well to losing the first set as she broke Zidansek in the third game of the second set. Unfortunately for Watson, her lead was short-lived as Zidansek broke back in the fourth game.
Zidansek broke Watson in the eighth game but failed to serve out for the match in the ninth game. However, Zidansek kept her focus as she broke Watson in the 10th game to seal a straight-set win.