Heather Watson of Great Britain, the number seven seed, will play Christina McHale of the United States in the quarter-final of the WTA Mexican Open on Thursday, February 27. The match is scheduled for 6.15 pm local time (12.15 am BST February 28) and you can find the Heather Watson v Christina McHale live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Heather Watson v Christina McHale Head to Head
The pair have played each other four times before, and McHale leads their current head-to-head series by three matches to one, The American won in Charleston, and at the Rome Open in 2011, and at Poitiers in 2013, but Watson won their match here in Acapulco four years ago.
Watson, 2016 Winner of This Tournament
Watson is the current British number two player behind Johanna Konta, and is a Grand Slam winner, having claimed the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 2016. She was also beaten in the final of the same event the following year.
She has won three WTA titles, the most recent of which came in this same event four years ago, although she was a beaten finalist in Tianjin last October, losing to Rebecca Peterson of Sweden.
The current world number 69 began the year well in Hobart, where she came through qualifying to reach the semi-finals, eventually losing to Elena Rybakina. However, she went out to Elise Mertens of Belgium in the second round of the Australian Open, and had a mixed time playing for Britain in the Fed Cup qualifier against Slovakia in Bratislava. She won one but lost the other of her two singles matches and was unable to prevent her country slipping to defeat in the tie.
In the first round in Mexico she came from a set down to beat the former top ten player Coco Wanweghe in the first round, but enjoyed a straight sets win over Katerina Bondarenko of the Ukraine in the second round on Wednesday.
McHale, Beaten Finalist in 2014
27 year old McHale is now 86 in the world. She has been ranked as high as 27, although that was four years ago when she won her first, and, to date, only WTA title, the Japan Open. Two years prior to that she was also a beaten finalist here in Acapulco.
2020, though, has not gone well for her so far. She began the year in Auckland when she got to the second round and took the first set off Serena Williams, only to lose the next two.
She then came through two rounds of qualifying to make the main draw in Hobart, but promptly lost to Mertens in the first round. McHale then went to Melbourne and suffered another first round defeat, taking just three games off the Croatian Petra Martic.
Choosing to enter the Newport Challenger event next, she reached the round of 16, but was beaten by Tatjana Maria of Germany.
However, she had an encouraging win over fellow American Lauren Davis, a player ranked 26 places above her in the current standings in the first round here, and then beat another American, qualifier Caroline Dolehide, although she had to come from a set down to do so.
Heather Watson v Christina McHale Predictions & Tips
Whilst McHale enjoys the better head-to-head record, the last of those wins was nearly seven years ago and is no guide to current relative performances. Watson is in the better current form and is the slight favourite to advance, although the match might go to three sets.
Tip: Watson to win in three sets: 10/3 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)