By Anita Stahl

  • Heather Watson to play Venus Williams
  • Williams leads H2H 1-0
SAN JOSÉ, CALIFORNIA, USA – Heather Watson will continue to look for some consistency but faces a tough task against No. 3 seed Venus Williams.

 

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Venus Williams [3] v Heather Watson | Williams leads H2H: 1-0

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Venus Williams leads the H2H  against Heather Watson 1-0 with a 6-3,6-1 victory in Beijing in 2014. The two have not played Williams since then, a fact that amused Johanna Konta who has played Williams seven times in the interim. Asked about the upcoming match, Konta had kind things to say about her countrywoman’s tenacity.

“Heather and I are very different players in our game styles so I don’t think it’s really fair for me to give her any advice in that way. What Heather does really well is when she competes well she’s very hard to beat. She gets a lot of balls back and she’ll make Venus work very hard for it–but then Venus Williams is also Venus Williams. Hopefully it will be a good match and an entertaining one for the fans.”

Watson’s persistence will come up against Konta’s powerful serve and offensive baseline game in the doubles draw Friday when she and Shuai Zhang play against the second seeded team of Watson and Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Williams had a bye in the first round of the singles draw and so she has not yet been tested on the courts of San Jose State University. The courts, which play slower than the Stanford hard courts, can benefit Watson’s game more than her opponent’s and she has shown comfort on them.

“I absolutely love it here, I think the courts are great, they’re very bouncy.”

The Brit reached the second round with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory over American wildcard Claire Liu.

Prediction: Watson in three sets

 

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