• Heather Watson v Zarina Diyas
  • H2H: Watson leads 2-1
PARIS, FRANCE – Heather Watson takes on Zarina Diyas with very few solid results behind her as she bids to get past the second round for the first time.

 

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Heather Watson is another Brit that comes into Roland Garros with little confidence given a lack of match wins. After dominating the domestic scene on the sport restart last summer, that failed to translate back out on tour.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

Heather Watson v Zarina Diyas H2H: Watson leads 2-1
Roland Garros Paris, France
Clay (O) Prize Money: €60,000
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Zarina Diyas might have started the year a little more strongly, she has also tailed off a little once she got to the dirt.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Clay)

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H2H: Heatehr Watson (WR 71) Zarina Diyas (WR 93)
Tournament Previous Best R2 (2011-12, 2014-15, 2018) R2 (2015-16, 2018-19)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 33.8 37.8
Return Points Won % 36.5 42.5
Break Point Conversion % 42.9 63.3
Break Points Saved % 43.8 43.9
Total Points Won % 42.7 48.3

Watson needs a confident win here, but Diyas has the numbers and perhaps even the momentum on her side with a little more clay on the bottom of her shoes.

 

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Playing Styles & Prediction

Diyas brings an aggressive baseline game to the court, and on her day has powerful and accurate groundstrokes, looking to move her opponents all around with a pacey forehand and thus dominate from the back of the court.

Arguably Watson has worked more on having a serve that can get her the occasional free point but Watson can match Diyas in terms of court positioning and arguably is a lot more effective when her game is on point, in switching from attacking play to defence.

It will be a tough ask though for Watson to come out of this on top.

Prediction: Diyas in thee sets.

 

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