World number 111 Heather Watson will lock horns with Croatian-Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round of the WTA Adelaide International 2022 on Monday.
Heather Watson vs Ajla Tomljanovic: Match details
- Tournament: WTA Adelaide International 2022
- Match: Heather Watson vs Ajla Tomljanovic
- Round: First Round
- Date: 3rd January 2022
- Venue: Adelaide, Australia
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: $6,750
Heather Watson vs Ajla Tomljanovic: Match Preview
Heather Watson reached the reached the semi finals of the Birmingham Classic in 2021, becoming only the 3rd Briton to reach the last 4 of the tournament in it’s 31 year history, where she eventually lost in straight sets to 2nd seed Ons Jabeur. However, the Briton’s record at this year’s Grand Slams were poor, being knocked out in the round of 128 stage of both the Wimbledon and the French Open. The former British number 1 would look to improve and have a better season than the last.
Ajla Tomljanovic’s 2021 highlight would be reaching a first Grand Slam quarter final at the 2021 Wimbledon, where she was defeated by eventual champion Ashleigh Barty. She also upset top-seed Elise Mertens in the first round of the Birmingham Classic. The Aussie reached the round of 16 at the Transylvania Open, Kremlin Cup and Indian Wells tournaments. The 28 year old also participated in the tennis event at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, reaching the round of 32 where she was eventually defeated by 4th seed Elina Svitolina over 3 sets.
Heather Watson vs Ajla Tomljanovic: Head to head
The pair have faced each other only once, with Heather Watson winning the tie in straight sets on that occasion way back in 2014.
Heather Watson vs Ajla Tomljanovic: Match Prediction
This match would be a close one, with both players not at the level of their peaks a few years ago. Thus, both players would particularly be looking for a strong start to the new season and reach as deep into the tournament as possible. Due to better form over the last year, I’d slightly edge towards Tomljanovic in this contest.
Prediction: Tomljanovic to win in 3 sets.
Heather Watson vs Ajla Tomljanovic: Broadcast and live stream details
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