Heather Watson v Sorana Cirstea Live Streaming, Prediction, Preview for Slovenian Open 2021: Can Cirstea Justify Her Seeding?

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World No. 64, Heather Watson of Great Britain. will take on Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea of Romania, the world number 39, and number four seed, in the first round of the 2021 Slovenian Open on Monday, September 13. Get the live streaming options of this Heather Watson v Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Heather Watson v Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea Head to Head

The pair have played each other before four times before, and Watson leads their head-to-head series by three matches to one. All those previous matches have been on hard courts, the woman from Guernsey winning at the Miami Masters in 2012 and in Auckland a year later.

In 2015 Cirstea won their encounter at the US Open, but Watson won their last match which was in Hobart three years ago.

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Watson Now in the Shadow of Raducanu

Watson will have been watching the exploits of compatriot Emma Raducanu with a  mixture of admiration and envy, as the teenager has achieved more in two weeks than Watson has achieved in her entire senior career, although the Channel Islander does have a Grand Slam title to her name, winning the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles’ title in 2016.

One thing the two British women share in common is that they beat Leylah Fernandez to win their last major title. But, whereas in Raducanu case the title in question was the US Open, for Watson it was the Mexican Open in February of last year.

Recent results though have been disappointing. She was beaten in the first round of the Olympics, failed to qualify for Montreal, and then, having come through the qualifying competition in Cincinnati, lost to Ashleigh Barty in the second round.

She then lost to another Romanian, Ana Bogdan in Chicago and, in New York, whilst Raducanu was sweeping all before her, lost in the first round to Kaja Juvan of Slovenia, the world number 109.

Cirstea Won the Istanbul Cup

In April, Cirstea won the Istanbul Cup, beating Elise Mertens in straight sets, to claim her first title since 2008, when she picked up the trophy at the Tashkent Open.

And, to prove that welcome return to form was no fluke, the next month she went on to reach the final of the Strasbourg Open on clay, eventually losing to Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic, who went on to win the French Open title.

Cirstea herself performed creditably at Roland Garros, reaching the fourth round for only the second time in her career, and for the first time since 2009.

And at Wimbledon she got to the third round before running into the force of nature that is Raducanu.

The Romanian had less success on the American hard court swing, but did get to the second round in Montreal. She also got to the second round in New York, but lost to the American Shelby Rogers, who would go oi to knock-out the top seed and world number one Ashleigh Barty.

Watson v Cirstea Prediction and Tip

Although Watson has the better head-to-head record, Cirstea is in much the better recent form and she will be tipped to make the second round and to justify her seeding.

Tip: Cirstea to win: 8/13 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Slovenian Open will be played from September 13 to 19. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

About Andy Dalziel 1267 Articles
Andy is English but a long time resident of Cyprus. When not writing about tennis and other sports, he is also a Chartered Accountant. In his spare moments, he spends more time than is healthy worrying about his beloved Arsenal.

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