WTA Birmingham Classic: Heather Watson vs Donna Vekic Preview, Head to Head and Prediction for Viking Open 2021

Third Seed Donna Vekic will take on Britain's Heather Watson in the quarter-finals of WTA Birmingham Classic 2021.

Heather Watson vs Donna Vekic
Heather Watson vs Donna Vekic

The WTA Birmingham Classic has been underway since Monday, and we have now reached the tournament’s quarter finals, where Heather Watson of the United Kingdom will face Donna Vekic of Croatia. The match is set to take place on Friday. Let’s take a look at the preview and matchups.

Heather Watson vs Donna Vekic: Match Details

TournamentWTA Birmingham Classic
MatchHeather Watson vs Donna Vekic
RoundQuarter finals
Date18th June, 2021
Prize Money$5,800
VenueBirmingham, England
SurfaceGrass Court

Heather Watson vs Donna Vekic: Preview

Donna Vekic
Donna Vekic

Watson’s career has yet to take off in 2021, after a promising 2020 that had many hoping she was on the mend. She has only won four matches this season and will need to find some form this week if she wants to compete in her home major at the end of the month. Watson was up 5-2 against Zhang in the round of 16, however Zhang was forced to withdraw due to injury, resulting in Watson’s victory.

On the other hand, Vekic came back from a one-set deficit to overcome Italian Camila Giorgi in the round of 16. In the encounter, he hammered 13 stunning aces and clinched the match to go to the quarterfinals where she’ll face Britain’s, Heather Watson.

Watson has been playing some strong tennis recently, but against Vekic, a two-time WTA tour champion, Watson will find it tough to defend Vekic’s aces. So we think Vekic has a stronghold of the match. Watson defeated Vekic in straight sets 6-0, 6-4 the last time they met. But, in 2021, both of them are in fantastic shape, so it might be a cracker of a game between these two.

Heather Watson vs Donna Vekic: Head-to-head

Heather Watson
Heather Watson

Watson has a 2-1 lead over Vekic in their three meetings.

Heather Watson vs Donna Vekic: Prediction

Donna Vekic
Donna Vekic

Keeping head-to-head counts aside, Vekic holds a small lead against Watson based on the form of 2021. Vekic has a significant advantage with her aces, which might cause Watson some problems. Vekic is likely to win in three sets, according to our forecast.

Prediction: Vekic to win in three sets.

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