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.
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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🇺🇸🗽 US OPEN: R1 Preview 🇺🇸 (24) CoCo Vandeweghe vs. 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens
The 24th seeded CoCo Vandeweghe begins her 2018 US Open campaign on Tuesday with a tricky opening round clash against Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens. Vandeweghe has won both of the previous matches between the pair but enters this match in poor form and under a huge amount of pressure. Can Flipkens claim her first victory over the feisty American?
Vandeweghe enters the final Grand Slam of the year having not won a match in almost 3 months. Vandeweghe is on a 5-match losing streak, her most recent win was in 's-Hertogenbosch. Vandeweghe is defending semi-finalist points at this year’s US Open, an early round exit would see her ranking plummet. Vandeweghe was forced to retire in the third set of her opening round match against Magdalena Rybarikova last week in New Haven. Injury has been an ongoing issue for Vandeweghe over the last few months.
Kirsten Flipkens arrives in New York having also not had the greatest results of late. Flipkens competed in the qualifying draws in Montreal, Cincinnati and New Haven, successfully qualifying in just 1 of the 3. Most recently Flipkens was easily beating in the second round of qualifying in New Haven against Tamara Zidansek.
Vandeweghe holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over Flipkens. The most recent match between the pair was in Doha in 2016, Vandeweghe claimed a 7-5 6-2 victory.
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Australian Open 🇦🇺 R2 Preview
🇸🇰 (19) Magdalena Rybarikova vs 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens
An interesting second round clash at Melbourne Park will sees Magdalena Rybarikova take on Kirsten Flipkens. This is a fascinating match-up between two very unique players on the WTA tour. Rybarikova was very impressive in her opening round win over Townsend and will look to build on that win with another solid performance against Flipkens
Rybarikova started her 2018 Australian Open campaign in style by beating Taylor Townsend 6-0 7-5. Rybarikova cruised through the opening set but found herself in danger when she squandered a break lead in the second set. Rybarikova kept her cool, executed her game by mixing up the play from the baseline and not allowing Townsend to dominate with her forehand. The quick hard court surface in Melbourne seems quite perfect for Rybarikova.
Kirsten Flipkens battled past Alison Riske to reach the second round stage in Melbourne. Flipkens was in trouble but rallied to claim a gutsy 2-6 7-6 6-3 win over the American. Flipkens has not made It to the third round of a Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2014 and will see this second round match-up as a good opportunity to reverse that trend.
Rybarikova holds a 4-3 head-to-head record over Flipkens. Their only recent match took place in New Haven last year where Flipkens won 6-3 6-4.
Rogers Cup, 🇨🇦🍁🏒 R2 Match Preview + Prediction (4) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (Q) 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens
Garbine Muguruza will begin her Rogers Cup campaign with a tricky second round clash against Kirsten Flipkens. The fourth seeded Muguruza received a bye into the second round whilst Flipkens will be more match hardened having already played a few matches in Toronto after coming through the qualifying draw. Flipkens has beaten Muguruza multiple times so the Spaniard will be on guard heading into this potentially dangerous second round clash in Toronto.
Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌴🐬 R3 Match Preview (4) 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova vs 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens
Kirsten Flipkens has shown some vintage fighting form in Miami, coming through two extremely tough matches to set up a third round clash with the fourth seeded Dominika Cibulkova on Saturday. Cibulkova enjoys the conditions in Miami, the Slovakian raced through her opening round match in Miami and will be confident heading into this third round match having won the last two matches against Flipkens.
Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌴🐬 R2 Match Preview (29) 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh vs 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens
Ana Konjuh and Kirsten Flipkens will go head-to-head for the second time in 2017 when they meet at the second round stage of the Miami Open on Thursday. Konjuh won their only previous encounter in three sets at the ASB Classic in Auckland earlier this year. The young Croatian has shown glimpses of her best in 2017 but has really lacked consistency, Konjuh will be hoping to make a big impact in Miami as she has failed to go deep in a big tournament this year.
BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴Indian Wells, R2 Match Preview (7) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens
Garbine Muguruza will start her 2017 BNP Paribas Open campaign on Friday with a potentially troublesome second round clash against Kirsten Flipkens. Muguruza has generally made a positive start to 2017 but some injury issues and schedule problems have seemingly held her back in the last month. After some time off, the reigning Roland Garros champion will have her eyes set on a big couple of weeks in the Californian desert.