Konta, Watson & Broady in QF Action – Previews

 By Ros Satar

  • WTA Monterrey: Johanna Konta [4] v Kirsten Flipkens
  • WTA Monterrey: Heather Watson v Caroline Wozniacki [2]
  • WTA Kuala Lumpur; Naomi Broady v Sabine Lisicki [3/WC]

British women’s tennis is enjoying a great week with the British 1, 2 and 3 all in quarter-final action in the International events in Monterrey and Kuala Lumpur.

Britwatch Tennis: Full Draws and Schedules

 

WTA Monterrey: Johanna Konta [4] v Kirsten Flipkens

H2H: Konta leads 2-0

British No. 1 Konta is enjoying another spell of momentum since reaching the Australian Open semi-final this year. After a hard fought battle with Yanina Wickmayer, she faces the Belgian’s compatriot in the next round, as she bids for a place in the semi-final.

After an earlier than hoped exit in Acapulco, where again she was the fourth seed, Konta seems to have hit her stride. What she can expect from Flipkens, herself a former Grand Slam semi-finalist (Wimbledon 2013) is a lot of coming to the net, and deft slices rather than just relying on power.

What the Belgian lacks in height, she will make up for in agility and smarter movement around the court. While Konta probably has a lot more power to her game on both wings, it will give her an opportunity to show a little more variety and all-court smarts.

This is winnable for Konta s she looks to gather up some momentum heading into Indian Wells.

 

WTA Monterrey: Heather Watson v Caroline Wozniacki [2] First Meeting

 

Talking of Indian Wells, Watson finds herself in the main draw courtesy of a wildcard, and faces a tough ask against the Dane who is also looking to find some form of her own.

Watson has picked up some solid wins here after slipping down the rankings since the swing Down Under. With Naomi Broady snapping at her heels, Watson’s surge in Monterrey sees her heading back up the rankings, and her win over Polona Hercog looked a lot more comfortable than her opener against Misaki Doi.

Watson is a confidence player, and has been working on being a lot more aggressive and like Wozniacki she is capable of flipping between defence and offence with ease.

Wozniacki needs a good spell of consistency as she picks up the pace on hard courts and had her fair share of trouble against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni who did her best to dictate play from the baseline.

Watson can expect to deal with Wozniacki getting every and any ball back, and will need all her own speed and agility to stick with her.

 

WTA Kuala Lumpur: Naomi Broady v Sabine Lisicki [3/WC] First Meeting

Broady is also enjoying a good spell at the moment, having started the year cracking the top 100 for the first time, and finds herself in a good position against Lisicki.

With dropping back to ITF events, Broady is perhaps a bit more match sharp as she faces the power game of Lisicki, with big serves and thumping groundies. But off her favourite grass, Lisicki can be vulnerable and lacks variety at times.

Big serves are nothing new though for the girl from Stockport, who can send down thumpers of her own, and if she can move Lisicki around, she could certainly put her in trouble.

 

Follow their action live here at the following times:

Broady and Lisicki are scheduled on Centre Court, not before 8pm (12pm GMT)

Konta and Flipkens are scheduled on Cancha Central at 3pm (9pm GMT)

Watson and Wozniacki are scheduled on Cancha Central not before 7pm (1am Sat, GMT)

 

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