Baltacha exits early in Melbourne

Elena Baltacha became the latest British player to make an early exit in round one of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday.

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Heather Watson and James Ward were already out by the time Baltacha walked onto court 11, but hopes were high that she could progress against the lower-ranked Stephanie Foretz Gacon.

Those hopes were dashed though as the Scot made an awful start, going 4-0 down early en route to a 6-2 6-4 defeat.

She at least found her range in the second set, trading blows with the 30-year-old, who at 107 in the world is 53 places lower than Baltacha, but lost her nerve when serving at 4-4.

Foretz Gacon squandered six break points but broke through on the seventh and duly served it out to advance in one hour and 30 minutes.

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