Watson won their only previous meeting. It was a while ago in September 2011 on an indoor hard court. She won in straight sets.
Heather is a frustrating player. She has a lot of ability but so often under performs. She did pretty well on grass last year with a 3rd round in Eastbourne and also a 3rd round at Wimbledon. She needs to find some inspiration from the home crowd.
Beck started the season well with a 4th round finish at the Australian Open but after that she struggled. Things didn’t start to go her way until Nurnberg in May. She reached the semi finals on the clay there. She reached the third round at the French Open the week after. She has not played since that tournament. She has won just 1 main draw match at Wimbledon in 4 visits.
This is a good 1st round draw for Watson and she starts around 1.47 . Beck won’t make it easy for her and I’d expect to see a higher price on the Brit. I think we will see a few breaks of serve and i will wait for Watson to be broken before i back her.