Heather Watson vs Veronika Kudermetova prediction and odds: Abu Dhabi Open 2024

Veronika Kudermetova
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As the Abu Dhabi Open kicks off, all eyes are on the thrilling first-round encounter between Heather Watson and Veronika Kudermetova. With their racquets poised for action, these two tennis talents are set to engage in a fierce battle on the hard courts, promising fans an exciting start to the tournament.

Our favourite Heather Watson vs Veronika Kudermetova – match predictions

Having faced early exits in their adventures down under, from Adelaide to Brisbane and finally, the Australian Open, Watson and Kuderetova arrive in Abu Dhabi seeking redemption.

Over 21.5 Games @ 83/100 (1.83)

Kudermetova has a tough task against the 156-ranked Watson and will have to dig deep to get a result. The British ace has been dogged in her outings as evidenced by four of her last five matches needing a deciding set to find a winner. Had Veronika been in winning form, the match would have surely finished earlier but considering her waning confidence, we expect a tough duel, one that sees over 21.5 games.

2-1 to Veronika Kudermetova @ 14/5 (3.80)

Watson’s resilient outings have gotten her to the main round, getting wins over 47-ranked Sofia Kenin and 91-ranked Rebeka Masarova. Kudermetova enters this match after a 2-1 defeat to 70-ranked Viktorija Golubic. It will not be easy for the Russian starlet, who has conceded a set in eight of her last ten matches. However, she should have enough in the tank to get the better of Watson, coming out on top in a 2-1 result.

Heather Watson vs Veronika Kudermetova odds

In this first-round clash at the Abu Dhabi Open, the odds favour Kudermetova with a commanding 76.4% chance of victory. Setting the stage for an intriguing battle against Heather Watson, who holds a 28.6% chance of success.

Watson faces Kudermetova showdown in Abu Dhabi Open opener

Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far this season for the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.

Heather Watson preview

The British ace, Heather Watson, returned from her Australian endeavours with early exits in Brisbane International and the Australian Open. However, she found her rhythm in Abu Dhabi, navigating through the qualifiers with successive 2-1 victories against tough opponents like Sofia Kenin and Rebeka Masarova. Watson’s resilience and determination will be put to the test as she steps onto the main court, aiming to leave an indelible mark in the tournament.

Veronika Kudermetova preview

Veronika Kudermetova concluded the 2023 season on a challenging note in Zhuhai, finishing at the bottom of the points table. The beginning of her 2024 campaign saw her competing in Brisbane and Adelaide, facing fellow top-30 rivals. Unfortunately, her journey at the Australian Open was cut short with a 2-1 defeat in the first round against Viktorija Golubic. As she enters the Abu Dhabi Open, Kudermetova is eager to reset and showcase her capabilities, looking to make a strong comeback on the hard courts.

Heather Watson vs Veronika Kudermetova head to head

The head-to-head rivalry between Watson and Kudermetova stands at 1-1. Watson secured a convincing 2-0 victory in the 2019 Tianjin Open, while Kudermetova responded with a 2-0 triumph in the Melbourne Open in 2021.

Key match details

Heather Watson
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  • When will this match start? This match starts at 11:30 on 06th February.
  • Who is the top seed of the Abu Dhabi Open 2024? Elena Rybakina has the top billing at Abu Dhabi Open 2024.
  • Who is the reigning Abu Dhabi Open 2024 champion? Belinda Bencic is the reigning Abu Dhabi Open 2024 champion.

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