Heather Watson [Q] v Danka Kovinic | H2H & Match Fundamentals
It has been a strange year for Heather Watson. With a couple of ITF tournaments, including the final in Glasgow, it is now a hop across the pond where Watson had to come through a couple of tight qualifying rounds, to get into the main draw.
Watson will have to work hard to keep her return stats as an edge against Kovinic.
Playing Styles & Prediction
Watson has always been a confidence player, and if she comes in on a run of wins, she plays a lot more freely. She also has the advantage of knowing that she has a recent win over Kovinic and on hard courts.
The Montenegrin likes to play an aggressive baseline game, but she has worked to shy away from just wanting to finish points quickly, and instead work to stay in rallies. This will be vital against someone like Watson, who can switch from her own aggressive game to playing very defensively and making her opponent work for every ball.
Kovinic started the year well, but failed to make it fast the first round of qualifying in Dubai and may feel undercooked on the Austin courts. Watson will need to work hard though to make it a second win.
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