Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R1
🇸🇮 (Q) Polona Hercog vs. 🇨🇿 Barbora Strycova
Barbora Strycova enters her opening round clash against Polona Hercog in Eastbourne as a decent favourite but will need to overcome a negative head-to-head record against the Slovenian. Hercog holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Strycova but this will be their first career meeting on a grass court, a surface that certainly favours Strycova in this match-up.
I’m going to side with the in-form Strycova here. Strycova is fresh from a semi-final showing in Birmingham last week and is far more comfortable on grass than Hercog. Strycova’s versatile, all-court game should be too much for Hercog to handle. Strycova will be able to expose the weaknesses and inconsistencies in the Hercog game.