Heather Watson in the second round of the 2021 Viking Open, Nottingham, UK
Heather Watson in the second round of the 2021 Viking Open, Nottingham, UK | (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | WTA Birmingham 2021 | Watson faces former finalist Vekic in the quarter-final

  • Heather Watson v Donna Vekic [3]
  • H2H: Watson leads 2-1
BIRMINGHAM, UK – Heather Watson looks for a best result in Birmingham as she takes on former finalist and third seed Donna Vekic.


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Heather Watson v Donna Vekic [3]

British No. 2 Heather Watson had been well in control of her match against Nottingham finalist Zhang Shuai when Zhang had to retire with an injury, so will come into her quarter-final against Donna Vekic well rested.


H2H & Match Fundamentals

Heather Watson v Donna Vekic [3] H2H: Watson leads 2-1
Viking Classic Birmingham, UK
Grass (O) Prize Money: $5,800
Fourth on Ann Jones Court, not before 4pm BBC Sport


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Grass)

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H2H: Heather Watson (WR 70) Donna Vekic (WR 54)
Tournament Previous Best R16 (2011-12, 2016) F (2013)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 37.1 36.5
Return Points Won % 43.6 44
Break Point Conversion % 44.1 50
Break Points Saved % 65.5 68
Total Points Won % 51.8 52.6

With the same W-L ratio of games on grass, the numbers are pretty close with Vekic perhaps just a little more dangerous when it comes to taking her chances to break but equally fending off danger on her own serve.


Playing Styles & Prediction

Vekic has been coming back from injury, but this week has shown great tenacity, having to come from a set down against Camila Giorgi to get this far.

Watson is a real confidence player and has picked up the pace with a couple of wins but will face a hard-hitting server, and much like Watson, has great defence as well as being able to play aggressively.

Both are in need of that sharpness, and this has all the ingredients for an edgy three setter.

Prediction: Vekic in three sets.


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