Due to start at 7 am
Watson 1.66, Begu 2.44
Irina-Camelia Begu won both their previous matches. Their last match was in a Fed Cup tie in April 2017. She won on clay in straight sets. She also won on a hard court in Indian Wells, USA in March 2013. She won in 2 sets.
Both players had poor seasons in 2018. On hard courts last season Watson won 57% of her matches compared to 30% matches won for Begu.
Begu has a losing career record on hard courts. If her serves is working well she can be competitive on this surface but she is very inconsistent.
Watson has an excellent record in Hobart. She made the semi finals last year and won the title in 2015. She also reached the quarter finals in 2016.
Back Watson around 1.85.