Heather Watsonpicked up her second main draw win of the year but was taken the distance by up-coming German player Jule Niemeier. It was a quick start by Watson, who broke the German in her first service game,
She put more pressure on Niemeier, who saved two set points before Watson closed out the first set on her own serve.
It looked as though Watson would keep that momentum, breaking again at the start of the second set, but this time it was the German who look the initiative, swiftly building up a 4-1 lead, and going on to break for the set.
A competitive third set saw them both stay solid on serve, with a couple of cagey mini-breaks before Watson finally edged the lead in the tie-break – taking it on a first match point.
H2H & Match Fundamentals
Heather Watson v Nuria Parrizas-Diaz 
H2H: First Meeting
Prize Money: $3,675
Second on Centre Court, not before 4:30pm (10:30pm GMT)
Watson is facing a player who has had a pretty meteoric rise up through the WTA ranks since the end of the 2020, going from outside the top 200 and into the Top 50, collecting her first two WTSA tour level titles along the way.
While Watson has the experience, neither of them have had a spectacular start to the season, but the Spaniard is a little bit more consistent over the year.
She is pretty sold off both wings a with a capable serve, and Watson at her best can be a match for anyone but coming in short on wins and confidence could make this tough.
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