Heather Watson vs Jule Niemeier – Round of 16 – Preview & Prediction | 2022 Wimbledon Championships
When is Heather Watson vs Jule Niemeier on and what time does it start? Heather Watson vs Jule Niemeier will take place on Sunday 3rd July, 2022 – not before 13:30 (UK)
Where is Heather Watson vs Jule Niemeier taking place? Heather Watson vs Jule Niemeier will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England
What surface is Heather Watson vs Jule Niemeier being played on? Heather Watson vs Jule Niemeier will take place on an outdoor grass court
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What channel is Heather Watson vs Jule Niemeier on in the UK? Heather Watson vs Jule Niemeier will be televised live on BBC platforms
Where can I stream Heather Watson vs Jule Niemeier in the UK? Heather Watson vs Jule Niemeier can be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app
30-year-old Heather Watson is through to the round of 16 at a Grand Slam for the first time in her career after beating in-form Kaja Juvan in straight sets on Friday. The former world number 39 had thrice reached the third round at Wimbledon before, including a memorable three-set battle with Serena Williams back in 2015, but this run has come from nowhere after a largely difficult season. Watson won the Mixed Doubles title here in 2016 alongside Henri Kontinen and she owns four WTA titles, most recently winning the Mexican Open in 2020.
World number 97 Jule Niemeier is through to the round of 16 on her Wimbledon debut after a three-set victory over Lesia Tsurenko on Friday, backing up an impressive career-best result over the second seed Anett Kontaveit in the second round. The 22-year-old German prospect only made her Grand Slam debut at Roland-Garros in May but she has enjoyed some success on the 125 and ITF circuits this season.
This is a huge opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time for either player, although it is likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for home hopeful Heather Watson. The 30-year-old has enjoyed brief flurries of top quality form throughout her career without ever really troubling the top 40 in the WTA world rankings but a dream run continues here against Jule Niemeier, whom she beat in three sets back in February at the Monterrey Open. Niemeier is swinging freely as an up-and-comer and her victory over second seed Anett Kontaveit puts her slightly ahead in this match-up on paper. However, Watson will be backed to the hilt by an adoring British crowd and the bigger the stage the better she will play – with Centre Court a distinct possibility. Back Watson to win at least a set and leave the winner up to chance here, as their previous match came very close indeed.