Watson vs Vekic: any room for sensation?
On June 18, Heather Watson and Donna Vekic will face off in the quarterfinal of the Birmingham Open. The British tennis player won in the last head-to-head match. Will Heather be able to upset Donna at the home tournament? The answer is in our prediction.
The 2021 season is not going well for Heather Watson. Before the start of the grass part of the season, the British tennis player managed to win only two matches on hard. On clay, Heather never scored a single victory.
But her transition to grass turned out to be quite successful. Last week in Nottingham, she managed to get into the second round. And this week, Watson improved her result in Birmingham and made her way to the quarterfinals. The tennis player has a victory over Golubic (3-6, 6-2, 6-2). In the second round, Heather was lucky, as her opponent Zhang Shuai withdrew during the first set.
Donna Vekic underwent knee surgery in 2021, but gradually gained form and managed to score three victories in two weeks in Nottingham and Birmingham on grass. In the first round, Vekic went against Jones, whom the Croatian confidently beat in two sets (6-1, 6-3). In the second round against Camila Giorgi, Donna had to come back after a lost set (2-6, 6-3, 6-4).
In two head-to-head matches, Vekic and Watson played less than 9.5 games in the first set.
In two head-to-head matches, the score in the second set was higher than in the first set.
Watson and Vekic both feel confident on grass. It is no coincidence that they have already won matches at two grass tournaments. The British player has defeated her today's rival before and will make every effort to show her best performance at home. We suggest taking a chance and playing Heather's victory.
Our prediction is Watson to win
Watson has played over 20 games in all three grass matches this season. Vekic's previous match had three sets. We believe that there will be a struggle in the upcoming fight and the tennis players will score more than 20 games.
Second bet - total over 20 games