Aegon International, 🇬🇧 Eastbourne SF #1 Preview
(6) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki vs (wc) 🇬🇧 Heather Watson
Former Champion Caroline Wozniacki is again looking extremely tough to breakdown this week in Eastbourne, the Dane will come up against Heather Watson in Friday’s first semi-final at the Aegon International. Wozniacki is in great form this week having come past three solid opponents, most recently a three set win over world number 2, Simona Halep. Watson is also in great form, arguably playing the best tennis she has played all year and will enter this match with nothing to lose, making the Brit a potentially dangerous opponent.
Caroline Wozniacki’s outstanding adaptability and consistency has again been on show this week at the Aegon International in Eastbourne, the Dane has quickly found her feet on grass in her first tournmant on the surface in 2017. Wozniacki started the event with a gritty 6-2 7-6 win over the always-dangerous Naomi Osaka before dominating Elena Vesnina 6-1 6-2. Wozniacki returned to court on Friday for a second match, coming from a set down to claim a courageous 5-7 6-4 6-1 win over Simona Halep.
Heather Watson is easily having her best week of the season. Watson arrived in Eastbourne in poor form having lost two consecutive first round matches on this surface but has really turned things around this week at the Aegon International. Watson has defeated 5 players inside the top 50 on route to the semi-finals, starting with a three set win over Lesia Tsurenko and an impressive 7-5 6-4 win over Dominika Cibulkova. Watson also completed two matches on Friday to secure a semi-final spot, starting with a 6-4 6-3 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, followed by a 6-1 1-6 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova.
The head-to-head record between Wozniacki and Watson is split at 1 win apiece, both matches took place on a hard court last year. Watson won 7-5 6-4 win Monterey before Wozniacki won 6-3 6-3 in Hong Kong.
Wozniacki should have the edge in this one. Wozniacki is more consistent and is certainly tougher mentally which will be key in this match-up which should feature a lot of long rallies and tough moments. Wozniacki is likely to make the better decisions under pressure and remain more solid both from the baseline and behind her serve when things get tough.