Naomi Broady vs Julia Goerges  H2H: Goerges leads 1-0
The fortunes of the British No.2 and No.3 players Naomi Broady and Heather Watson has taken a turn for the worse in the first few months of the 2017 season. Both are on the outside looking in in terms of the World’s Top 100 and both will be hoping their summer will be much better than the beginning of the season.
It is no surprise to anyone that Broady decided to add another indoor hardcourt tournament to her schedule rather than playing more clay court events. To get her ranking back to where she wants to be, she has to maximise her chances by playing on an indoor surface that should suit her game in comparison to the slower red clay.
Broady’s first opponent will be Julia Goerges. The No.7 seed Goerges is back inside the World’s Top 50 and enjoys the indoor conditions, but her game also translates well to the hard court surface. Three of her six WTA finals have come on an indoor surface and I would give the German the edge in this match-up.
Prediction: Goerges in two sets
Heather Watson vs Anett Kontaveit H2H: First meeting
The British No.2 Watson is coming off a quarter-final run in Monterrey, where she was defending champion, but eventually lost to World No.1 Angelique Kerber there. That will give her some confidence going into this period of the season and the main focus for Watson is getting the ranking inside the Top 100 where she belongs.
It will not be easy against the Estonian Anett Kontaveit. Watson has played Kontaveit just the once, but that was in qualifying of Roland Garros, where Watson won comfortably. On a hard court, with different conditions, Kontaveit will prove to be a much more difficult opponent and it should be more competitive to say the least. The Estonian came through qualifying in both Indian Wells and Miami and has won a lot of matches of late.
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