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British trio all ousted in Eastbourne

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Laura Robson was unable to avenge her French Open defeat to Caroline Wozniacki © PA Photos
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British No. 1 Laura Robson was unable to avenge her French Open first round defeat to Caroline Wozniacki when the pair met at the Aegon International on Wednesday, as all three British players in the last-16 were knocked out.

Robson was well beaten on the Roland Garros clay, winning just five games in a straight-sets defeat, but she put up more of a fight in Eastbourne against the world No. 9 before being edged out 6-4 6-4.

Robson had Wozniacki on the ropes for much of the first set with some impressive serving, but the Dane made the crucial breakthrough in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and made no mistake serving for the set.

With the tide turned, Wozniacki raced into a 2-0 lead in the second set, but Robson showed some resilience and broke back with some powerful forehands.

It did not last long. Instead of pushing on, Robson dropped back into a series of clumsy mistakes and it was perhaps fitting that, match point down, the 19-year-old Brit played a routine return long to gift the tie to her opponent.

Speaking of her win, Wozniacki said: "I love it here and I love playing on grass. I've been here ten years in a row now, including junior tournaments, and I really enjoy the homely feel to Eastbourne.

"Laura served really well today and she put a lot of pressure on me and it was a really good match."

Elsewhere, there was also defeat for another British player, Elena Baltacha, who put up a spirited fight before falling to world No. 10 Maria Kirilenko.

Baltacha took the first set and had break points at a crucial juncture in the third, but eventually succumbed 4-6 6-4 6-3 to the Russian.

Baltacha looked strong in the opening set, breaking twice before Kirilenko could respond and taking that advantage to the end of the stanza. The second set was remarkably even, before Kirilenko finally took a break point to set up the decider.

Before the third set got underway, Baltacha received treatment for a back problem. While she did not appear to be unduly affected by the issue, she was nevertheless closed out by Kirilenko - two missed break point attempts at 3-3 proving decisive for the Scot.

Heather Watson then followed suit, as she was also defeated in three sets - this time by Elena Vesnina.

Watson showed great resolve in the second set to prolong matters, but was ultimately found wanting in a 6-1 3-6 6-2 defeat.

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