Leylah Fernandez vs. Heather Watson
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 12, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Heather Watson and Leylah Annie Fernandez meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Coupe Banque Nationale.
Heather Watson is coming off a straight sets win over Monica Niculescu that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Watson won 66 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Watson won 61 percent of her total service points and saved 14 of her 15 break points. Watson can obviously play better overall, but the fact she was able to save so many break points and step up when needed most has to provide a great deal of confidence moving froward. Watson is currently playing some of her best tennis we’ve seen from her recently, as she’s won eight of her last 10 matches when you include qualifying, and she’s had some of her best career success in Canada. Of course, it wasn’t that long ago when Watson couldn’t put together a winning performance to save her life. Watson has won three of her last five matches on indoor hard court.
Leylah Annie Fernandez is coming off a straight sets win over Gabriela Dabrowski that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Fernandez won 76 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Fernandez won 67 percent of her total service points and managed to break on three of her nine break points. It was an extremely promising performance for the 16-year-old Fernandez, who has made her WTA main draw appearance in this tournament and has very few matches under her belt overall. Fernandez is coming off a girls US Open quarterfinal appearance and has played a couple of ITF tournaments as well. Other than that, we know very little about Fernandez, but she is sure to have the home crowd behind her being from Montreal and the underdog of the event. Fernandez has won three of her last four matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
It would be cool to see Fernandez make an even deeper run at just 16 years old and no previous main tour experience. However, Watson has been a top-50 player in the past and players of her caliber usually make light work in these situations. Watson has also found her form the past few weeks after struggling for a long stretch. This is a favorable match for Watson and one that should be ended in straight sets.