Madison Keys vs. Yulia Putintseva, Roland Garros QF Preview

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🇺🇸 (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

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🇰🇿 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

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🇰🇿 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

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🇬🇧 (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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Petra Kvitova vs Yulia Putintseva, Indian Wells R2 Preview

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🇨🇿 (9) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

Petra Kvitova will make her return to the BNP Paribas Open on Friday with a second round clash against Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva. Kvitova enters this year’s first premier mandatory event as the hottest player on tour, Kvitova has won 13 matches in a row, including back-to-back titles in St. Petersburg and Doha. Kvitova will face a tough first assignment against a determined Putintseva, the Kazakh often saves her best tennis for the big stage and is usually more dangerous as an underdog.

Petra Kvitova’s return to form has been the good news story of 2018. Kvitova ignited her season in St. Petersburg where she blasted her way to a 21st career title. Kvitova was even more impressive in Doha where she beat 4 top 10 players on route to winning the title. After a few weeks off, Petra will be keen to improve on her fairly poor history at the BNP Paribas Open. Kvitova’s best result in Indian Wells is reaching the quarter-finals in 2016 and 2013.

Yulia Putintseva has generally made a poor start to the season but will be relieved to have reached the second round stage at the BNP Paribas Open. Putintseva claimed a solid 6-0 2-6 6-2 win over Alison Van Uytvanck in the opening round, a good win considering Van Uytvanck recently won the title in Budapest. Putintseva served well under pressure in the third set and played a disciplined game from the baseline.

This will be the first career meeting between Kvitova and Putintseva, a match-up that will feature a huge contrast in styles. Can Putintseva cause a big upset?

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Yulia Putintseva vs Alison Van Uytvanck, Indian Wells R1 Preview

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🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva vs 🇧🇪 Alison Van Uytvanck

An interesting opening round clash in the Californian desert sees Yulia Putintseva take on Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck. Putintseva and Van Uytvanck have vastly contrasting styles and both have had contrasting results of late. Van Uytvanck arrives in Indian Wells full of confidence after winning the title in Budapest a few weeks ago whilst Putintseva has generally struggled in 2018. Nevertheless, it is Putintseva who has won both of the previous matches between the pair.

Putintseva has steadily dropped down the rankings in recent times, there have been little signs of improvement for Putintseva since her stunning run to the Roland Garros quarter-finals in 2016. Putintseva has had some disappointing losses in 2018, most notably a 3 set loss to Ana Bogdan at the Australian Open, a match she led by a set and a break. Most recently, Putintseva was thrashed by Marketa Voundrosova in the opening round in Doha. The good news for Putintseva is that the Indian Wells surface suits the Kazakh’s game nicely, she will be hopeful that she can turn her fortunes around at the BNP Paribas Open.

Alison Van Uytvanck will be making her first appearance since claiming her second career title in Budapest a few weeks ago. It was an amazing week for Van Uytvanck who stormed into the final without dropping a set. Van Uytvanck overcome quality opposition in the final, navigating her way past Dominika Cibulkova in a tight three set match, the biggest win of the Belgian’s career. It will be interesting to see if Van Uytvanck bring her good form to Indian Wells.

Putintseva has won both of the previous matches between the pair, both were on clay, both were comfortable straight set wins for Putintseva, dropping a combined 4 games across those two matches. Most recently Putintseva won 6-2 6-1 at an ITF event in 2015. Can an in form Van Uytvanck turn those results around?

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Yulia Putintseva vs Heather Watson, Australian Open R1 Preview

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🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva vs 🇬🇧 Heather Watson

Heather Watson will begin her Australian campaign with a tough opening round clash against Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva. Heather Watson arrives in Melbourne with a renewed sense of confidence having gone through the qualifying draw to reach the semi-finals in Hobart last week. Putintseva and Watson are two players that have had some good success at the Grand Slam level given their rankings of outside the top 50. Who will win this battle and reach the second round at Melbourne Park?

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Heather Watson will arrive in Melbourne battle-hardened and with a good amount of confidence. Watson started her season in Brisbane where she won a couple of matches before falling at the final hurdle in the qualifying draw. Watson successfully made it through the qualifying draw in Hobart and made it all the way through to the semi-finals where she pushed Elise Mertens to 3 sets.

Yulia Putintseva was also in action in Hobart last week. Putintseva did claim a good win over Naomi Osaka in the opening round but was comprehensively beaten by Lesia Tsurenko in the next round. Putintseva competed in Auckland the week before where she suffered a disappointing opening round loss to Ysaline Bonaventure.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Most recently it was Watson who won 6-2 6-4 in Wuhan.

Lesia Tsurenko vs Yulia Putintseva, Hobart R2 Preview

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(5) 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko vs 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

An interesting second round clash at the Hobart International sees the 5th seeded Lesia Tsurenko come up against Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva. Tsurenko and Putintseva both advanced to the second round in Hobart courtesy of straight set wins over tough, powerful opponents. Tsurenko got the better of Timea Babos whilst Putintseva was too solid for a wayward Naomi Osaka. Interestingly, it is Putintseva who has won the only two previous matches between the pair.

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Lesia Tsurenko was dealt a tough opening round draw in Hobart, drawn against Timea Babos, arguably the most dangerous unseeded player in the draw. Tsurenko was good enough to navigate her way to a 7-6 6-2 win over Babos. The opening set was very tight, Tsurenko had multiple opportunities to pull ahead but eventually claimed the opening set in a tiebreak. Tsurenko gained control of the match in the second set as the unforced errors from Babos started to rise. It is worth noting that Tsurenko had troubles with her serve during her first round match, a low first serve percentage and a very weak second serve. Tsurenko’s game from the baseline looked very solid.

Yulia Putintseva claimed her first victory of 2018 with an impressive 6-3 6-3 win over Naomi Osaka. Putintseva was easily the more consistent player throughout the match and never really looked like she was going to lose. Putintseva maintained a very high first serve percentage and also won a good percentage of points behind her second serve. Putintseva was broken just once, a good sign for Putintseva as her serve is usually her greatest weakness.

Putintseva won the two previous against Tsurenko. A 6-1 6-0 demolition in New Haven in 2015 and more recently in 2016 Tsurenko retired after Putintseva won the opening set 6-3 in Moscow.

Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Yulia Putintseva, Cincinnati R2 Preview

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(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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Garbine Muguruza vs Yulia Putintseva, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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(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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