Danielle Collins vs. Yulia Putintseva, Eastbourne R1 Preview

Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R1
🇺🇸 Danielle Collins vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

An interesting opening round clash In Eastbourne sees two of the WTA tour’s feistiest competitors do battle as Danielle Collins takes on Yulia Putintseva. This will be the first career meeting between Collins and Putintseva, expect a drama filled contest between these two.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in action during her quarter-final match at the 2019 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Danielle Collins will be playing her first grass court tournament of the season this week in Eastbourne, her first event since a second round exit at Roland Garros earlier this month. Collins has very limited experience on grass, the American’s run to the quarter-finals in Eastbourne last year was the only time she has won main draw matches on grass.

Yulia Putintseva arrives in Eastbourne in good form after a run to the quarter-finals in Birmingham last week. The Kazakh made a good start to her grass court season in Birmingham as she notably claimed a straight set second round victory over Naomi Osaka, her first ever victory over a number 1 ranked player. Grass is traditionally Putintseva’s least preferred surface but she has certainly improved on the surface and will have gained a huge confidence boost from her win over Osaka.

Neither player will take a backwards step in this one, who will prevail?

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Yulia Putintseva vs. Kirsten Flipkens, Miami R1 Preview

🇺🇸🐬 Miami Open, R1 Preview
🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva vs. 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens

An interesting first round match-up at the 2019 Miami Open sees Yulia Putintseva take on Kirsten Flipkens. This is a match-up that will feature a heap of variety and fun shot-making. Flipkens is one of the craftiest players on tour whilst Putintseva is one of the quickest and is quite crafty herself, this will be a fun one.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in action during her second-round match at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Putintseva made a decent start to the year in Australia, highlighted by a run to the quarter-finals in Sydney. However, Putintseva’s momentum has come to halt over the last few months as she has won just 1 match since the Australian Open. That lone victory was in Indian Wells where the Kazakh beat Timea Babos in straight sets before being smashed by Angelique Kerber in the second round 0-6 2-6.

Flipkens has also struggled to build any momentum in recent times as she too has just won 1 match since the Australian Open. Flipkens’ sole win since the Australian Open also came in Indian Wells, it was a notable 3 set victory over Eugenie Bouchard in the opening round before the Belgian succumbed to Danielle Collins in straight sets in the second round.

Flipkens won the only completed match between the pair, a 7-5 6-4 victory at Wimbledon in 2013.

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Yulia Putintseva vs. Timea Babos, Indian Wells R1 Preview

🇺🇸🌵 BNPPO19, Indian Wells – R1 Preview
🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva vs. 🇭🇺 Timea Babos

Yulia Putintseva and Timea Babos will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the first round stage of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. This match-up will feature a big contrast in styles, the speed of Putintseva against the power of Babos, who will prevail?

Yulia Putintseva made a promising start to the season with a quarter-final showing in Sydney before upsetting Barbora Strycova at the opening round stage of the Australian Open. However, since then Putintseva has lost 3 consecutive matches and arrives in Indian Wells in need of a form reversal.

The singles career of Timea Babos has completely fallen apart in recent times. Babos currently finds herself just outside the top 100 and has really struggled just to win matches on the singles court. Babos has lost 20 of her last 26 singles matches on the WTA tour and has won 2 from 8 matches in 2019.

It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out with both players in desperate need of a victory. Will the power of Babos be too much for Putintseva to handle or will the feisty Kazakh’s versatility trouble the Hungarian?

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Barbora Strycova vs. Yulia Putintseva, Australian Open R1 Preview

🇦🇺 Australian Open, R1 Preview
🇨🇿 (32) Barbora Strycova vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

One of the more exciting opening round match-ups at the 2019 Australian Open sees the 32nd seeded Barbora Strycova take on Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva. Strycova and Putintseva are two of the most versatile and volatile players on tour, expect an entertaining clash between these two.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in action during her second-round match at the 2019 Sydney International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Barbora Strycova has made a disappointing start to her 2019 campaign. Strycova was beaten in the second round in Auckland, a straight set loss to Amanda Anisimova. More recently Strycova fell at the opening round hurdle in the qualifying draw at the Sydney International, this time Strycova was beaten by Zarina Diyas in 3 sets, Strycova was up by a break in the deciding set in her loss to Diyas.

Conversely, Yulia Putintseva has made an impressive start to her 2019 campaign. Putintseva started the season with a narrow opening round loss to Karolina Pliskova in Brisbane. Putintseva led Pliskova by a set and a break before succumbing in a tight third set, good form considering Pliskova went on to win the title in Brisbane. Putintseva arrives in Melbourne fresh off a quarter-final appearance in Sydney where she came from a set and a break down to claim a memorable victory over Sloane Stephens in the second round.

Strycova leads the head-to-head 2-1 heading into this match. However, it was Putintseva who won their most recent match, a 6-4 6-3 win at Roland Garros last year.

Can an in form Putintseva take down the 32nd seed?

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Karolina Pliskova vs. Yulia Putintseva, Brisbane R1 Preview

Brisbane International, R1 Preview
🇨🇿 (5) Karolina Pliskova vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

Karolina Pliskova and Yulia Putintseva will go head-to-head at the opening round stage of the Brisbane International for the second time. Pliskova thrashed Putintseva 6-3 6-1 when the pair met in Brisbane in 2017. This has traditionally been a great match-up for Pliskova, the former US Open finalist holds a perfect 2-0 record over Putintseva and has never dropped a set to the Kazakh having also claimed a 7-6 6-3 win in Miami in 2017.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic practices ahead of the 2019 Brisbane International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Karolina Pliskova heads into 2019 as arguably the best player on tour to have not won a Grand Slam title, that is the unwanted tag that Pliskova will have to wear in 2019 until she makes a breakthrough. Pliskova is a former champion in Brisbane having won the event in 2017, she is well suited to the fairly quick hard courts in Brisbane.

Yulia Putintseva is making her second appearance in Brisbane. The last direct entry into the draw has once again drawn Karolina Pliskova in the first round, a very tough match-up for Putintseva on a traditionally quick hard court. Nevertheless, Putintseva never shies away from a challenge and will relish the opportunity to claim a big scalp.

Can Putintseva cause a big upset or will Pliskova be too strong?

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Yulia Putintseva, Wimbledon R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R2 Preview
🇷🇺 (14) Daria Kasatkina vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

Daria Kasatkina and Yulia Putintseva will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the second round stage at Wimbledon on Thursday. Surprisingly this will be their first career meeting at the tour level. Kasatkina and Putintseva both play their best tennis on clay, both are still reasonably inexperienced on grass and will see this as a great opportunity to reach the third round stage at SW19. Who will prevail?

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Daria Kasatkina is still finding her feet on grass but has shown decent form over the last few weeks. Kasatkina arrived at Wimbledon fresh off a quarter-final showing in Eastbourne where she was in a match winning position against Angelique Kerber. Kasatkina made a solid start to her Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday with a 6-2 7-5 win over Jana Fett. The Russian will be playing to equal her best showing at Wimbledon by reaching the third round.

Yulia Putintseva came through one of the most dramatic opening round matches of the tournament. The Kazakh defeated Magda Linette 6-3 3-6 10-8 in a match that lasted almost 3 hours. Linette served for the match midway through the deciding set so it was a gutsy win by Yulia on a surface that she has struggled on in the past. Yulia has never made it past the second round at Wimbledon, she will be hoping it is third time lucky having succumbed on two previous occasions at this stage.

This should be an entertaining match-up as Kasatkina and Putintseva meet for the first time at the tour level. Both have versatile games, outstanding movement and great touch, this should be a close one.

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Madison Keys vs. Yulia Putintseva, Roland Garros QF Preview

🇫🇷 Roland Garros, QF Preview
🇺🇸 (13) Madison Keys vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

The 13th seeded Madison Keys will come up against Yulia Putintseva in what looms as an interesting quarter-final clash on Tuesday. What makes this match-up a fascinating one is the huge contrast in styles between the pair, the ultra-aggressive, powerful game of Keys up against the all-court game and extreme speed of Putintseva. Keys enters this match as a strong favourite but it is Putintseva who is more comfortable on clay and has beaten Keys in the past, can the Kazakh cause another big upset?

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in action during her fourth-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Madison Keys has now reached the quarter-final stage at every Grand Slam event. The American is making a habit of rising to the occasion at the biggest events having reached at least the quarter-final stage in the last 3 Grand Slam events. Keys has rocketed into the final 8 in Paris without dropping a set. Keys blasted through the first week with wins over Sachia Vickery, Caroline Dolehide and Naomi Osaka. Keys booked her spot in the quarter-finals with a commanding 6-1 6-4 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Yulia Putintseva is into a second Grand Slam quarter-final having emulated her run to the final 8 in Paris in 2016. It has been an awesome effort from Putintseva who arrived in Paris in pretty poor form. Yulia started the event with a straight set wins over the 22nd seeded Johanna Konta and Jennifer Brady before coming from a set and a double break down and saving multiple match points to defeat Qiang Wang in 3 sets. Yulia secured her spot in the final 8 with a 6-4 6-3 victory over the 26th seeded Barbora Strycova in what was a very mature performance.

Interestingly it was Putintseva who won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-3 3-6 7-6 victory in Tokyo in 2016.

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Yulia Putintseva vs. Qiang Wang, Roland Garros R3 Preview

🇫🇷 Roland Garros, R3 Preview
🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva vs. 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang

A huge opportunity presents itself to Yulia Putintseva and Qiang Wang when the pair meet at the third round stage at Roland Garros on Friday. This is rare territory for Putintseva and Wang, Putintseva will be aiming to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the second time whilst Wang will be playing to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the very first time. Who will step up an make the most of this opportunity?

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Roland Garros is proving to be a happy hunting ground for Yulia Putintseva yet again. Putintseva had the best tournament of her career in Paris in 2016 when she reached the quarter-final stage in what was the only time Putintseva has reached the second week of a Grand Slam. The Kazakh is now in a great position to emulate that run after comfortable straight set wins over Johanna Konta and Jennifer Brady in the first two rounds. The draw is open for Yulia to again reach the final 8 in Paris.

Qiang Wang has already broken new ground in Paris. Wang is into the third round at a Grand Slam for the first time, surprisingly it has happened in Paris on her least preferred surface. Wang has claimed two big upset wins to reach the third round, a 6-4 7-5 win over the 9th seeded Venus Williams before crushing Petra Martic 6-1 6-1 in what was very surprisingly one-sided match.

This will be the first career meeting between Putintseva and Wang. Both will see this as a very winnable match, a big opportunity to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros, Who wins?

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Yulia Putintseva vs. Jennifer Brady, Roland Garros R2 Preview

Roland Garros, R2 Preview
🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva vs. 🇺🇸 Jennifer Brady

The Draw has opened up nicely for Yulia Putintseva and Jennifer Brady, the pair will do battle for the first time when they meet at the second round stage at Roland Garros on Wednesday. The winner of the this match will face an unseeded opponent in the form of Petra Martic or Qiang Wang in the next round which means there is a great opportunity to reach the second week in Paris for these two.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakstan in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Yulia Putintseva caused one of the big upsets on day one as she eliminated the 22nd seeded Johanna Konta in straight sets, a 6-4 6-3 victory. Putintseva played a smart match, doing what she needed to do against an opponent that struggled to find her range. Putintseva has a great record in Paris, the best result of her career was a quarter-final appearance at Roland Garros in 2016, clearly she plays with a lot of confidence here at the biggest tournament on her favourite surface.

Jennifer Brady advanced past the opening round of a Grand Slam for just the third time in her career courtesy of a comfortable 6-1 6-1 victory over Amandine Hesse on Sunday. The American was never troubled and did not face a break point at any stage in her win over the Frenchwoman, a good start to the tournament for Brady.

Brady is the slightly higher ranked player but Putintseva is far more accomplished on this surface, who will make the most of this opportunity?

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Johanna Konta vs. Yulia Putintseva, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, R1 Preview
🇬🇧 (22) Johanna Konta vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

An interesting opening round clash in Paris on Sunday sees the 22nd seeded Johanna Konta come up against former quarter-finalist Yulia Putintseva. Konta will enter this match as a clear favourite but the Roland Garros surface certainly favours Putintseva in this match-up and she will fancy her chances of causing an opening round upset.

Johanna Konta of Great Britain in action during the 2018 Internazionali BNL d'Italia Premier 5 tennis tournament

Konta and Putintseva are both in mediocre form heading into the second Grand Slam of the year. Konta has amassed a 3-3 win/loss record on clay in 2018 whilst Putintseva’s record is a disappointing 2-5. Konta’s most recent result was a decent third round showing in Rome where she beat Rybarikova and Hsieh in straight sets before succumbing to Jelena Ostapenko in 3 sets. Putintseva was in action in Nuremburg last week, she had a great 3 set win over Sloane Stephens in the opening round but suffered a three set loss at the hands of Alison Riske in the second round.

Konta is the far higher ranked player and the far more accomplished player but importantly it is Putintseva has a far better record in Paris. Putintseva reached the quarter-final stage in Paris back in 2016 and has an 8-4 win/loss record in main draw matches in Paris. Conversely, Konta has never won a main draw match in Paris having suffered 3 consecutive opening round losses at the event.

It is Konta who was won the 2 previous matches between the two, interestingly both were on clay including a 6-3 6-0 win in Rome last year.

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