By Ros Satar

  • Heather Watson v Sara Sorribes Tormo
  • H2H: First Meeting
  • Watson yet to advance past the first round in Seoul
SEOUL, KOREA – Heather Watson looks to advance to the second round of the Korea Open for the first time on her fourth attempt.


Preview | Heather Watson v Sara Sorribes Tormo | First Meeting

With the top British men in various states of damage, it will be all eyes on the Top British women this week. With Heather Watson back in the Top 100 she has a chance to try and finish the year with a flourish. A third round at Wimbledon helped Watson back up the rankings, having dropped sharply in the hard-court spring.

It has been an up and down year for the Guernsey girl, who chose to drop to some of the lower tier ITF events to get her confidence back up during the European clay court swing, and she saw some solid results on the grass, making the Eastbourne semi-final.

Despite some good qualification runs in the lead-up events to the US Open, a shoulder injury in Toronto put a dampener on the rest of that run, with opening exits in Cincinnati qualies and a first round defeat in the US Open. Despite making the third round in Wuhan, her schedule skips that as she is down for Seoul and then Hong Kong a couple of weeks after.

She will face the defensive Spanish game of Sara Sorribes Tormo, as she looks to get some confidence again. Watson can certainly match the Spaniard in terms of defence – she moves well, can cover the net well as well as play from the back of the court, but she needs to find more to attack.

Sorribes Tormo has equally had a shaky start to the end of the year’s hard-court swing. She picked up her first win since making the Gstaad semi-final in July at the WTA International in Tokyo, so equally is looking for a little form, and it is fair to say she favours the clay.

We have become accustomed to perhaps slightly unnecessary three-set battles from Watson, and suspect this will be no different as she starts her push for the end of the year.

Prediction: Watson in three sets.

Watson & Sorribes Tormo are scheduled to play on Centre Court at 12pm (4am BST)

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