By Alessandro Mastroluca

  • Heather Watson clinched her first title since 2016 in Acapulco. She will come back to Monterrey this week
  • Johanna Konta will be seeded No.2 there
  • GB is already admitted to the Davis Cup group stage, so they’re not involved in the qualifiers this weekend
LONDON, UK – Johanna Konta will face Kim Clijsters in Monterrey and Heather Watson, the lone previous champion in the main draw, will face Tatjana Maria.

 

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Watson and Konta go for glory in Monterrey

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Winning her first title since 2016, Heather Watson became only the second player in WTA history to win titles at both Acapulco and Monterrey (which she won four years ago). The Brit will break back into the Top 50 by beating in the final match the 17-year-old Leylah Fernandez, the youngest Canadian to reach a WTA singles final in 34 years since Helen Kelesi at 1986 Tokyo [Japan Open].

Watson could meet the Canadian again in the title-match of the twelfth edition of the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, as they feature in the opposite half of the draw. She’s the only former champion competing in this year’s main draw, and is joined by 2019 runner-up Victoria Azarenka, competing in her first since 2019 US Open.
The Acapulco champion will debut against Tatjana Maria in their first main draw meeting. The Brit, however, beat the German in a qualifying match at 2017 Rogers Cup in Toronto 6-3 7-6(8) saving five set points in the second set.
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The winner will face No.2 seed Johanna Konta or Kim Clijsters. The Belgian, landed on Friday with seven bags and part of their family, continues her comeback this week as a wildcard in her second professional tournament back since 2012. The Brit aims to improve her quarter-final loss against Donna Vekic in the sixth chapter of an intriguing rivalry.

The draw in Monterrey is headlined by WTA World No.7 Elina Svitolina, making her tournament debut.

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Lyon, the new step in the WTA calendar

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Sofia Kenin leads the field in the new WTA International event in Lyon, where she will make her debut against Russian Vitalia Diatchenko from Russia.
Kristina Mladenovic, the second seed, will open against her countrywoman Chloe Paquet. The draw features also Caroline Garcia and Alize Cornet. The new $275,000 event will be played on indoor hardcourt.

Davis Cup qualifiers: GB team not involved

No ATP event is scheduled this week. On 6-7 March, in fact, the Davis Cup qualifiers will decide the remaining nations to be admitted in the 2020 Finals in Madrid. Great Britain, like the other three 2019 semifinalist Canada, Russia and Spain, as well as the two 2020 wild cards France and Serbia, is directly admitted to the group stage.

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