Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, ??? Acapulco R1 Preview
?? Beatriz Haddad Maia vs ?? Heather Watson
Beatriz Haddad Maia and Heather Watson will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the opening round stage in Acapulco. Both players will see this as a winnable opening round clash at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, an important match for both.
Beatriz Haddad Maia is a player on the rise, perhaps the most exciting prospect in Brazilian tennis right now. The 21-year-old has had a tough start to the season, Haddad Maia has been dealt tough draws at each event she has competed in which has ensured an early exit at each event. Most recently, Haddad Maia came agonizingly close to helping guide Brazil into the Fed Cup world group 2 playoffs, Haddad Maia won her first couple of matches before falling to Cepede Royg in a third set tiebreak which ended Brazil’s chances of progression. It will be interesting to see how Haddad Maia rebounds after such a devastating loss.
Heather Watson’s most recent matches were also in Fed Group 1 playoffs. Watson won all 3 of her singles matches against much lower ranked opponents as Great Britain successfully qualified for the world group 2 playoffs. Watson’s last tour level match was at the Australian Open over a month ago where she suffered a very disappointing straight set loss to Yulia Putintseva. Watson did manage to reach the semi-finals in Hobart earlier in the year, so overall she has won a decent match of matches in 2018, albeit against inferior opposition.
This should be an interesting match-up between two contrasting styles. The powerful left-handed: Haddad Maia, against the consistent, baseline game of Heather Watson.