(16) Venus Williams vs Yulia Putintseva
In one of Wednesday’s most intriguing matches at SW19, Venus Williams takes on the demonstrative: Yulia Putintseva for a spot in the third round.
Five-time former Champion: Venus Williams made an almighty start to her 2015 Wimbledon campaign, rocketing past compatriot: Madison Brengle 6-0 6-0, the first ‘double bagel’ at the All England Club in 6 years. It was a perfect start to the tournament for the American, Venus Williams totally overpowered Brengle firing 29 winners past her opponent in a 41 minute rout.
Wimbledon is certainly the Grand Slam in which Venus Williams still has a realistic chance of winning. The American is one of the greatest grass court players of all time and remains a significant threat to any opponent on the quick surface. Venus is set to take on Serena in the fourth round in would be a blockbuster encounter, Venus first has to deal with the feisty Putintseva.
Yulia Putintseva advanced to the second round at Wimbledon for the very time in her career with a hard fought 7-6 7-5 upset victory over Marina Erakovic. The energetic Kazakh hasn’t fared well on grass in the past, her game is far better suited to the clay and to a lesser extent, hard courts.
Yulia’s greatest strength is her determination to win and her intensity. Putintseva thrives on the big stages, the 20-year-old will welcome the challenge of playing a 5-time former champion on a show court at Wimbledon. Putintseva has a lot of experience against top players, having played Radwanska twice, Serena, Ana and Venus once. Yulia competed well in all of those matches, having her moments in each, she is certainly capable of matching it with the very best.
Venus Williams defeated Yulia 6-3 6-2 in their only previous encounter which took place in Montreal late last year. The scoreline suggests it was a comfortable victory for Venus, however Yulia certainly had her chances, especially in the first set. Venus was just far more composed when it mattered, utilizing her far greater arsenal of power.
On paper, this is a mismatch. On grass, Venus Williams should be too good for Yulia. The height difference between these two is extreme, Yulia will find it hard to deal with the powerful American. However, Yulia should never be totally written off, she has nothing to lose in this match and is capable of making this match very competitive.
Prediction: Venus Williams to defeat Yulia Putintseva in 2 sets