Watson has had the benefit of more matches but Ahn has proved to be much more effective in terms of her return game, and making the most of the chances she had to break in relatively few matches. All the same – Watson is a confidence player and should come in with some momentum.
Playing Styles & Prediction
Both can play an aggressive game and certainly over the years Watson has had to develop more of an edge to her already impressive defensive game. Ahn has had a smattering of matches and of course lost in the final round of qualifying, and got in as a lucky loser, so can come in treating this as effectively a free hit.
That puts the pressure firmly on Watson’s shoulders and she can struggle sometimes if she gets herself in a winning position, as we saw against Iga Swiatek in her first round match in Eastbourne.
Watson can win this, but also expect this to be full of drama.
There are plenty of areas where Keys will struggle if she cannot get her game on track, but has been more effective in saving break points on her serve.
Playing Styles and Prediction
You would think that Keys’ dominant serve and powerful groundstrokes would be perfect for the grass, as she looks to take charge of the rallies. She can sometimes dither about her shot selection and tends to go for higher-risk plays.
Swan packs a punch with her serve as her big weapon and a more favoured forehand and she has put an injury-hit year behind her, and has a chance to start working her way back up the rankings.
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