British No 2 Heather Watson knows she is caught in a vicious circle as she aims to make strides in the women's game. The 24-year-old is currently ranked 76 after a tough second half of 2016.
Laura Robson, who used her protected ranking of 58 to enter the main draw, lost 6-4 6-2 to world No 5 Victoria Azarenka. Johanna Konta and Heather Watson also lost on Sunday.
British No 1 Heather Watson went down fighting in the first round of the Korea Open, as Russia's Elizaveta Kulichkova won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Watson lost to an opponent ranked 50 places below her.
British No 1 Heather Watson was knocked out in the first round of the Prague Open by Slovenia's world No 72 Polona Hercog. Watson, who is 40th in the world rankings, lost 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).
Heather Watson has endured a tough start to 2016 with two first round exits and the 23-year-old is currently without a coach after Judy Murray finished her interim stint at the Australian Open.