Heather Watson vs. Pauline Parmentier
|Date & Time||Saturday September 15, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Pauline Parmentier and Heather Watson meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Coupe Banque Nationale.
Pauline Parmentier is coming off a straight sets win over Varvara Lepchenko that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Parmentier won 74 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. Parmentier won 71 percent of her total service points and got 69 percent of her first serves in play. Parmentier looks nothing like the player who entered this tournament on a four-match losing streak, as she’s serving at a high level and has produced 11 breaks in her last three matches. As long as the consistent serve continues, there’s a strong case to be made Parmentier should be the favorite to win this title with the remaining field in place. Parmentier has a chance to make her second final appearance of the year and the fourth final appearance of her career. Parmentier has won four of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
Heather Watson is coming off a straight sets win over Rebecca Marino that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Watson won 81 percent of her first serve points and 55 percent of her second serve points. Watson won 70 percent of her total service points and was broken just once in the victory. Watson has yet to drop a set this tournament and has been broken just three times combined in her last six sets. Watson has now won 10 of her last 12 matches when you include qualifying, which is a massive improvement from where she was a couple of months ago when she was piling up the losses at an unreal clip. Watson has a chance to make her fourth career final appearance and the first since the 2016 Monterrey Open. Watson has won five of her last seven matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Japan in 2012, a match Watson won in straight sets. The match took 21 games to be decided.
Both of these players have improved drastically from where they were a couple of weeks ago and a final appearance would do wonders for them to close out the year. You could make a case for either side here, but I’m going with Parmentier, who should be the favorite at this point to win the title and has been serving out of her mind this tournament. Watson still has some hiccups in her game and it wasn’t that long ago when she was losing pretty much any and every match she played.
Parmentier makes her second final of the year.