NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Jodie Burrage of Great Britain celebrates after she wins a game against Kristie Ahn of United States during day 2 of the Viking Open at Nottingham Tennis Centre on June 06, 2021 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA)
Tennis | WTA Warsaw 2023 | Watson and Burrage continue in Warsaw after a fruitful grass summer
Despite having played considerable less hard court tournaments over the year, Yuliya Hatouka’s stats are more solid than Heather Watson, who has struggled until the grass court season, to gain much traction at a tour level.
Watson is, however, coming in off the grass court swing. She gained a useful scalp in beating Kaerina Siniakova, and her run to the Nottingham semi-final means she avoided a drop out of the Top 200.
Hatouka makes the second round of a tour level event for the first tme, and has had the advantage of coming through qualifying. She is on the rise, with some runs on clay, but experience should hold Watson in good stead.
Prediction: Watson in three sets.
Jodie Burrage v Lucrezia Stefanini | First Meeting
Jodie Burrage v Lucrezia Stefanini
H2H: First Meeting
Prize Money: $4,220
Second on Centre Court, not before 11:30 (10:30 BST)
Jodie Burrage had a tough battle to get to this round, and struggled to stay on top of her serve, but it is good to see her looking to build up on her grass court swing. Lucrezia Stefanini also is a bit of a scrapper, having fought her way into the second round too. She is yet to reach a quarter-final so there is a lot at stake for both.
Burrage may have only just made her first WTA quarter-final, but comes in with a lot more confidence, especially having broken into the Top 100. It depends on whether she is feeling the ill effects of a break-fest that lasted over two hours in the opening round.
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