MELBOURNE RESULTS. Heather Watson dispatches Pliskova in the 1st round of the Australian Open

AUSTRALIAN OPEN - MELBOURNE RESULTS. Watson gets the better of Pliskova to square off with Elise Mertens in the 2nd round

Prediction and head to head Heather Watson vs. Kristyna Pliskova

Heather Watson overcomes Kristyna Pliskova 4-6 6-3 6-1 in the 1st round in Melbourne on Wednesday. Watson will play Elise Mertens in the 2nd round.

Score, report, and key facts

1st set.

Pliskova enjoyed quite a good start of the set after breaking Watson in the 1st game (1-0). However, the set was not over yet and there was more work to do for Kristyna to win the set as heather found the way to break back in the 4th (2-2) game. Kristyna maintained her cool to break Watson in the 5th (3-2) game before winning the set (6-4).

The Brit had to surrender the 5th game (3-2) when she had 3 consecutive game points when leading 40-0.

2nd set.

The set was pretty even as both players managed to hold serve with the notable exception of 1 break that heather conquered in the 8th game (5-3) before winning the set (6-3).

3rd set.

The Brit won the set after she broke Kristyna 3 times in the 3rd (2-1), in the 5th (4-1) and in the 7th (6-1) game. That was sufficient for heather to win the set since she didn’t drop her serve in the rest of the set.

The Czech was not able to offer any resistance in the last 6 games of the set (from 0-1 to 6-1).

1st
Watson
Pliskova
4-6
4
6
4
5
3
5
3
4
2
4
2
3
2
2
1
2
0
2
0
1
2nd
Watson
Pliskova
6-3
6
3
5
3
4
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
0
3rd
Watson
Pliskova
6-1
6
1
5
1
4
1
3
1
2
1
1
1
0
1

Statistics

At the end of the match, Watson scored 98 points vs. Kristyna’s 77 points.

Heather served pretty well to win 79% of the points (34/43) behind her first serve, and she won 53% points (17/32) on her second serve. The Brit won this match even if she was not so effective in converting her break points as she converted only 45% (5/11). On the other side, Pliskova was pretty focused in converting 50% of the break points that she procured points (2/4). However, that was not enough to win the match.

After this contest, the head to head between Watson and Pliskova is 2-1 for Heather.

Highlights Heather Watson vs. Kristyna Pliskova Australian Open – Melbourne

Next Match H2H: Heather Watson vs. Elise Mertens – stats

Watson will play Mertens in the 2nd round.

This will be the 5th time that Heather Watson and Elise Mertens fight against each other. The head to head is 3-1 for Mertens (see full H2H stats),but they are 1-1 on hard.

The last time that they played, Watson won 6-75 6-4 7-5 in the quarter in Hobart back in January 2020.

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