?? Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham R1 Prediction
?? Lesia Tsurenko vs. ?? (wc) Heather Watson
This promises to be a very tight match. There is little to separate these two. Both move exceptionally well around the court, both are primarily counter-punchers and like to take the ball early to put pressure on the opponent. Neither have a huge weapon so expect to see a lot of long rallies in this match-up.
This a really tough match to predict, anything could happen. I’m going to give the slight edge to Tsurenko. In a match of fine margins I think Tsurenko’s greater consistency and slightly stronger mentality makes her the slight favourite. There is a reason Tsurenko is ranked approximately 50 places above Watson, that is because of her greater composure and adaptability. Watson will be the more aggressive player in this match-up and has a tendency to lose control at times, especially against a consistent opponent.
There is a lot of pressure on Watson right and I have not seen enough positives from her to suggest that she is capable of overcoming the pressure. Expect Tsurenko to win a tight one.