🇺🇸🐬 Miami Open, R1 Prediction
🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva vs. 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens
Yulia Putintseva and Kirsten Flipkens will clash in a unique opening round match-up in Miami. It is rare that a match-up will feature as much variety as this one does, both have fairly unique and contrasting styles, so it will be interesting to see how this match unfolds.
I’m going to side with Putintseva here. I think this should be a good match-up for Putintseva on this surface. The main strength of Flipkens is her touch and her net game. However, Putintseva loves a target at the net and is extremely quick around the court so her strengths take away from the strengths of Flipkens. The court speed in Miami is relatively slow which will favour Putintseva, as do the heavy conditions. Putintseva can also exploit the Flipkens backhand side with her heavy forehand and should be smart enough to find ways through the Belgian.