World number nine Iga Swiatek will take on Britain’s Heather Watson in the first round of the 2021 Eastbourne International on Monday, June 21. Get the live streaming options of this Iga Swiatek v Heather Watson match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Iga Swiatek v Heather Watson Head to Head
Their only previous meeting came in the qualifiers of the 2019 Toronto Open and Swiatek had defeated Watson in straight sets in that one.
Swiatek Enters First Grass Tournament as a Top 10
Swiatek’s career at the highest level hasn’t been a long one, which is why it isn’t surprising to see the Polish player has featured in only three grass court tournaments.
All those came in 2019 when Swiatek was still a greenhorn on the tour, and the results showed.
In Birmingham that year, Swiatek made it to the main draw by winning the qualifiers, but lost her opener to Jelena Ostapenko before following that with a qualifier loss in Eastbourne. Making it to Wimbledon as a direct entrant, Swiatek fell in her first round there too.
Things have changed a lot since. Swiatek has won a Grand Slam, she has added a hard court title and then made it another tournament win at Rome. Not to mention she is now a top-10 player and the fact there was no grass court competition held last season only adds to the intrigue.
Watson Finally Gets Going
After the kind of season she has had, Watson would grab her results in Birmingham with both hands.
Having made it to the third round in Nottingham following an opening round bye and a second round win over Katie Boulter, Watson then went two better in the tournament that followed at Birmingham as she cruised into the semifinal there.
And that was without dropping a set, with wins over Viktoriya Golubic, Shuai Zhang and Donna Vekic to boot.
Watson was beaten by Ons Jabeur in her semifinal but that result by itself would have come as a huge relief for the British player who had won just two matches in all of the season before that.
As an opposition, Swiatek will be a totally different proposition altogether though.
Swiatek v Watson Prediction and Tip
Swiatek is a relatively unknown quantity on grass but she is 1/4 to win this. Watson’s inability to follow up solid performances with more of the same might go against her and we could see Swiatek carving out a straight-set win here.