Western & Southern Open, 🇺🇸🌉 Cincinnati R2 Preview + Prediction
(8) 🇷🇺 Svetlana Kuznetsova vs 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva
Svetlana Kuznetsova will begin her 2017 Western & Southern Open campaign on Wednesday with a second round encounter against Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva. As the 8th seed, Kuznetsova received a bye through to the second round in Cincinnati. The Russian will be keen to start the event strong as she looks to rebuild momentum after a disappointing first round loss at the Rogers Cup last week. Interestingly, Putintseva won the only previous match between the pair earlier this year at St. Petersburg.
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Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R3 Preview + Prediction
(4) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (27) 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva
A fascinating third round clash in Paris sees defending champion Garbine Muguruza come up against last year’s Roland Garros quarter-finalist Yulia Putintseva. Muguruza has managed to battle her way through a couple of tough matches to open her 2017 Roland Garros campaign, the Spaniard was forced to come from a set down to beat Annett Kontaveit in the second round. A fierce Muguruza will receive a confidence boost after that match but a determined Putintseva is always a tough opponent on a clay court and will look to make life hard for the Spaniard. This should be a close match between two very different players, both love playing on clay, especially in Paris.
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Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌴🐬 R3 Match Preview
(2) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs (27) 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva
An intriguing third round clash at the Miami Open sees Karolina Pliskova take on Yulia Putintseva, a match-up that features a huge contrast in styles and characters. Karolina Pliskova towers over Putintseva, literally. The second seed has the big weapons at her disposal and a reassuring calm attitude. Whilst Putintseva has some of the best defensive skills on tour and one of the most volatile attitudes. All makes for an interesting match.
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🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, R1 Preview:
🇰🇿 (17) Yulia Putintseva vs 🇺🇸 Catherine Bellis
An intriguing first round encounter at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday sees the seventeenth seeded Yulia Putintseva come up against Catherine Bellis. Putintseva has made a brilliant start to the season and recently reached her career high ranking of 27 on the back of reaching her first final at the premier level St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. This will be the first time Putintseva has been seeded at a premier 5 level event, Catherine Bellis is likely to pose a few threats for the Kazakh given the American has winning momentum on her side.
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Australian Open, 🇦🇺 Second Round Match preview
(31) 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva vs 🇱🇻 Jelena Ostapenko
One of the most anticipated matches on the outside courts on Thursday sees Yulia Putintseva come up against Jelena Ostapenko in what should be a fiery second round clash at Melbourne Park. Putintseva and Ostapenko are two of the most exciting young players to watch, both a very competitive and had a confrontational clash in their most recent meeting in Beijing last year where Putintseva emerged victorious. Ostapenko will be desperate for revenge whilst Putintseva is extremely hungry for another win over the Latvian.
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