Briton knocked out of Italian Open by Barbara Strycova

Britain’s Heather Watson has lost to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic in round two of the Italian Open.

The 23-year-old British number two, ranked 55th in the world, went down 6-4 6-2 to the world number 37.

Later on Wednesday, British number one Johanna Konta takes on seventh-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci.

In the men’s draw in Rome, Andy Murray faces Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin, the Scot having received a bye in the first round.

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