Keys leads their previous matches 2-1. They last met in Linz in October last year. Keys won in straight sets on an indoor hard court. They have never met on grass.
Giorgi has better results this season. She has won 7 of her last 10 matches and 63% of her matches in 2017. On grass she usually performs well. She reached the third
round in Birmingham last month as qualifier. In the first round this week she beat Cornet in a tight 3 setter. She had lost in the first round last season.
Keys reached the 4th round at Wimbledon last year. In 2017 a third round in Indian Wells is her only highlight so her confidence coming into this tournament may not be high. She was fairly comfortable in the first round win over Hibino but she will come under a lot more pressure from Giorgi today.
I favour Keys to win this but I think it could go to 3 sets. Back Keys if she gets broken