By Ros Satar

  • Heather Watson [Q] def. Jil Teichmann 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
  • Faces Fiona Ferro for the second time this year
  • H2H: Watson leads 1-0 (qualifying)
HOBART, AUSTRALIA – Heather Watson battled in to the second round of Hobart, and will face France’s Fiona Ferro in the second round.

 

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Heather Watson [Q] def. Jil Teichmann 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

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As can often be the way with Heather Watson’s matches, it was a slow start for the Brit against Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann. The Swiss, perhaps more often associated with stronger performances on the clay last year, started commandingly, breaking Watson twice in quick succession before Watson stopped the rot of four games, only to be broken again as the Teichmann wrapped up the first set in short order.

Watson went an early break down in the second set but trailing 0-3, the comeback was marked. Watson reeled off six of the next seven games to level up the match. This time it was Watson who took the lead early, although Teichmann pegged her back, Watson held firm to break straight away and regain her advantage. It was just enough to keep her nose in front as she took it on her second match point, and that will give her a big boost to land her first main draw win of the season.

 

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Watson [Q] v Fiona Ferro | Watson leads H2H 1-0 (Qualifying)

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Another boost, if they ever do count in these situations, is that she beat France’s Fiona Ferro earlier this year in the first round of qualifying at the Brisbane International. Ferro broke into the Top 100 in 2018 and credits leaving the comfort of her home surroundings in Valbonne and splitting up with her long-time coach Pierre Bouteyre and heading off to Paris and the French National Training Centre.

She recognises that she has much to improve on but maybe Watson’s experience stood her in better stead in Brisbane where both were kicking off their 2019 season.

There is no doubting that Watson has more experience, and hopefully Hobart being a more happy place for her will provide the motivation to grab another win, but sometimes the fight is what build confidence for the Brit, so it would be prudent to strap in for another roller-coaster.

Prediction: Watson in three sets.

Watson and Ferro are scheduled on Centre Court, not before 6pm (7am GMT)

 

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