Elise Mertens vs Heather Watson, Hobart SF Prediction

Hobart International ???️ SF #2 Prediction
(2) ?? Elise Mertens vs (Q) ?? Heather Watson

I’m going to give the edge to Elise Mertens here in the battle of two former Hobart International champions.

Mertens is undoubtedly in super form, the Belgian has now won 4 out of 5 matches to start the year, her only loss came to a red-hot Angelique Kerber in Perth. Watson has also built up some good form in Hobart having won 5 matches this week after coming through the qualifying draw.

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Mertens and Watson are both very consistent players from the baseline. Both are primarily counter-punchers from the baseline but both can be aggressive when they need to be. Both are also good movers around the court. I think Mertens is better in most departments and is playing with more confidence than Watson. Mertens is quicker around the court and is more dynamic from the baseline. Importantly, Mertens also has a better serve and is likely to become shaky in important moments, Watson can really struggle with her serve of late. Mertens will eventually be too good.

Prediction: Elise Mertens to defeat Heather Watson in 3 sets

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