By Ros Satar

  • Heather Watson v Clara Tauson [7]
  • H2H: First Meeting
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, USA – Heather Watson will be looking for some late season form as she tries to put a disappointing US swing behind her.


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Heather Watson v Clara Tauson | H2H: First Meeting

British No. 3 Heather Watson will take on Danish rising star Clara Tauson in her Tenerife opener.


H2H & Match Fundamentals

Heather Watson v Clara Tauson [7] H2H: First Meeting
WTA Tenerife Tenerife, Spain
Hard (O) Prize Money: $2,675
First on Court 1, at 10:30am   Amazon Prime Video <– Sign up for trial


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

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H2H: Heather Watson (WR 72) Clara Tauson (WR 48)
Tournament Previous Best Inaugural Edition Inaugural Edition
1st Serve Return Points Won % 32.1 39.5
Return Points Won % 40.6 46.6
Break Point Conversion % 44.8 51.3
Break Points Saved % 53.7 54.2
Total Points Won % 48.1 51.6

Although some of the stats have very little between them, it is clear that Watson will face an uphill struggle.


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Playing Styles & Prediction

It has been a tough year for Watson, who slips back just one place behind the injury-stricken Johanna Konta. Apart from one match in the US, Watson leaves with a sticky losing streak to take into the closing stages of the season.

Tauson, on the other hand, has won 11 of her last 12 matches and has been making waves ever since she claimed her maiden title in Lyon, and even took US Open champion Emma Raducanu to task in the WTA 125K tournament in Chicago the week before. She added the Luxembourg title to that tally.

The Dane is an all-court player who enjoys coming forward to attack the net. She has solid ground strokes off both wings and has the full package.

That is not to say that Watson on her day cannot be as versatile but lately she has seemed to want to be more patient and wait for mistakes or chances – she won’t get the chance here.

Prediction: Tauson in straight sets.


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