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Watson has change of heart over break from tennis

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Heather Watson has performed a U-turn on her earlier threat to take a break from tennis after her Sony Open loss on Tuesday.

Watson was beaten 1-6 7-5 6-4 by Ayumi Morita in Miami, exiting the competition in the first round. In her post-match press conference, she suggested she would take some time off to refocus.

"It really hurts, I think I just need to find myself, find my game again," said Watson, who has won only six WTA singles matches this year. "I was playing really well, probably the best I've played this year, and I think I lost my concentration a bit.

"This year I've been going a bit too long so I'm a bit burnt out. I've been thinking about it for a while now and I'm definitely going to take a break from tennis."

However, it seems Watson was operating on emotion at the time, and 24 hours later she has had a change of heart. The Brit will take no time off and return to action next week.

"Yesterday when I was speaking to the press I was very upset about my match and wasn't really thinking straight. I'm going to carry on with my schedule," she said.

"I have Charleston next week and then the Fed Cup after that so everything is going to stay the same.

"After a match, losing a close one like yesterday, I was really disappointed and upset and wasn't thinking properly about what I was saying."

Watson's fellow Brit Andy Murray has already taken some time off this season, skipping the whole of February. He recently defended his decision, claiming it will make him stronger for the French Open and Wimbledon.

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