• Heather Watson [Q] v Aliaksandra Sasnovich | H2H: First Meeting
MONTREAL, CANADA – Heather Watson seems to be gaining some confidence as she has come through a couple of tough qualifying rounds and faces fellow qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

 

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Heather Watson [Q] v Aliaksandra Sasnovich | H2H: First Meeting

Despite having a fairly frustrating year herself, Heather Watson has retained her British No. 2 status, and demonstrated a lot of fight to weather two three-setters to reach the main draw.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich’s path through qualies has been a little less troublesome.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

Heather Watson [Q] v Aliaksandra Sasnovich H2H: First Meeting
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Hard (O) Prize Money: $12,385
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Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021)

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H2H: Heather Watson (WR 67) Aliaksandra Sasnovich (WR 90)
Tournament Previous Best R1 (2014) R2 (2019)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 34.2 40.1
Return Points Won % 42.1 47.8
Break Point Conversion % 41.2 51.7
Break Points Saved % 52.8 49.4
Total Points Won % 49.9 51.6

It is hardly surprising given Watson’s up and down season that she trails the lower-ranked Sasnovich in stats, only gaining ground in saving break points when she is up against it.

 

Playing Styles & Prediction

We could be in for an intriguing match up with players who don’t necessarily overpower with heavy hitting and aggressive play, but both can mix up their games and pepper things with variety.

Watching Watson can always feel like a bit of a rollercoaster, but she comes in with some confidence that she can finish on the winning side of a three setter, having lost a few heartbreakers this season.

Prediction: Watson in three sets.

 

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