Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Yulia Putintseva, Doha R1 Preview

Qatar Total Open, Doha R1 Preview + prediction:
🇷🇺 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Yulia Putintseva will go head-to-head for the first time in over 3 years when they meet at the opening round stage of the 2020 Qatar Total Open. It is Pavlyuchenkova who will head into this clash as the strong favourite. Pavlyuchenkova has made a stronger start to the season, the Russian notably reached the final 8 at the Australian Open and has also won the only 2 previous meetings between the pair.

Pavlyuchenkova arrives in Doha fresh from a second round exit in Dubai. Pavlyuchenkova made a miracle comeback in her opening round match, the Russian dropped the first 19 points to Belinda Bencic but flipped the script to claim a memorable 1-6 6-1 6-1 victory over the fourth seed. Unfortunately, Pavlyuchenkova was unable to keep her run going in Dubai, beaten by Anett Kontaveit 6-7 5-7 despite being up a break of serve in each set.

Yulia Putintseva had made a decent start to her 2020 campaign. Putintseva claimed a few good wins at the Australian Open over Su-Wei Hsieh and Danielle Collins before succumbing to Simona Halep in straight sets. Putintseva arrives in Doha fresh from a week off after her disappointing opening round exit in St. Petersburg to Veronika Kudermetova in 3 sets.

Pavlyuchenkova holds a perfect 2-0 record over Putintseva. Both of the previous matches between the two took place in 2016, a 7-5 6-1 victory for Pavlyuchenkova at Wimbledon followed by a 6-4 1-6 7-5 win at the Rogers Cup.

I’m going to side pretty confidently with Pavlyuchenkova. It is Pavlyuchenkova who has made the brighter start to the year and who is favoured by the conditions and match-up. Pavlyuchenkova is more dangerous on a hard court and should be too powerful for Putintseva. Pavlyuchenkova’s strong baseline game will cause Putintseva all types of problems, especially the Russian’s aggressive return of serve which will expose Putintseva’s weak serve. Once Pavlyuchenkova gets in a big first strike it will be hard for Putintseva to recover in the rally on this surface. Pavlyuchenkova should win this easily.

Prediction: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to defeat Yulia Putintseva in 2 sets
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Simona Halep vs. Yulia Putintseva, Australian Open R3 Preview

🇦🇺 Australian Open, R3 preview + prediction:
🇷🇴 (4) Simona Halep vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

Simona Halep and Yulia Putintseva will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the third round stage of the Australian Open on Saturday. This promises to be an entertaining match-up between two great competitors and two of the quickest players on tour, expect a lot of long rallies in this one!

Simona Halep has done well to navigate her way through the first couple of rounds without dropping a set. Halep started her Melbourne Park campaign with a hard-fought 7/6 6/1 victory over an in-form Jennifer Brady before defeating Harriet Dart 6/2 6/4. Both of Halep’s matches have had their complications, the fourth seed twice fought from a break down in the opening set against Brady and almost blew a 5-1 lead in the second set against Dart. In general, Halep has looked good, now that the reigning Wimbledon champion has her teeth stuck into the tournament she will be hard to stop from here.

Yulia Putintseva has equaled her best result at Melbourne Park by reaching the third round, matching her run from 2016. The Kazakh has overcome a very tough draw to get to the round of 32. Putintseva started the event with a commanding 6/1 6/3 win over Su-Wei Hsieh before battling past an in-form Danielle Collins 6/4 2/6 7/5 in what was an epic contest. Putintseva did extremely well to withstand the barrage of shots fired at her from Collins, one of the better wins in Putintseva’s career on a hard court.

I’ll side with Halep in this one. It will be interesting to see how Putintseva matches up against Halep in their first career meeting but I expect this to be a good match-up for the Romanian. Putintseva’s greatest strengths are her movement and her versatility, unfortunately for Putintseva those strengths wont be as effective against Halep. Halep has the movement and stamina to match Putintseva from the back of the court and won’t be too troubled by slice, higher balls or drop shots. Importantly Halep has the superior firepower from the baseline, both off the forehand and backhand side, Halep also has a superior serve and more damaging return of serve. It won’t be easy for Halep, it never is against Putintseva but she should get the job done.

Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Yulia Putintseva in 2 sets
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Yulia Putintseva vs. Su-Wei HSieh, Australian Open R1 Preview

AO R1: Yulia Putintseva vs. Su-Wei Hsieh

A fascinating first round match-up at Melbourne Park on Tuesday sees Yulia Putintseva come up against Su-Wei Hsieh. This match-up sees two of the tours most versatile and entertaining players do battle with both very keen to avoid what would be a disappointing opening round exit at the first major of the year.

Putintseva has made a decent start to the year, the Kazakh successfully made her way through the qualifying draw in Brisbane and Adelaide. In Brisbane Putintseva defeated Donna Vekic in the opening round of the main draw before being smashed by an in-from Danielle Collins in straight sets. In Adelaide Putintseva’s man draw campaign ended at the opening hurdle with a tough straight set loss to Ajla Tomljanovic. With 8 matches under her belt across those 2 weeks Putintseva heads to Melbourne Park in a good space.

Hsieh arrives in Melbourne on the back of consecutive opening round defeats. Hsieh was beaten by Anett Kontaveit in straight sets in Brisbane before suffering an agonizing 3 set loss to Aryna Sabalenka in Adelaide from 5-3 30-0 up in the third set. On a positive note, Hsieh did win the doubles title alongside Barbora Strycova in Brisbane.

Hsieh has emerged victorious in the two prior meetings between the pair. Most recently Hsieh claimed a 1-6 7-5 6-3 victory over the Kazakh on clay in Rome a few years ago. Hsieh also defeated Putintseva on a hard court at an ITF event in 2015, a 7-6 2-6 6-2 victory on that occasion.

Putintseva and Hsieh have both had some notable moments at Melbourne Park in recent times. In 2016 Putintseva upset Caroline Wozniacki in the first round before reaching the third round, that was Putintseva’s greatest run at a Grand Slam outside of Roland Garros where she is a 2-time former quarter-finalist. Putintseva has claimed hard-fought first round wins over Lara Arruabarrena, Heather Watson and Barbora Strycova in her last 3 visits to Melbourne.

Hsieh went on a fairy-tale run to the fourth round in Melbourne in 2018 with wins over Agnieszka Radwanska and Garbine Muguruza before pushing an in-form Angelique Kerber to 3 sets in what was an epic match. Last year Hsieh made the third round where she pushed eventual finalist Naomi Osaka to 3 sets.

I’m going to side with Putintseva here. Firstly, Putintseva has won quite a few matches already this year, even if they were against inferior opponents in qualifying draws, a win is a win, winning momentum is important at this time of the year. Hsieh on the other hand has not won a match in singles this year. Secondly, I think the court surface in Melbourne will favour Putintseva. The courts in Melbourne are generally quite gritty and on the slower side, this will favour Putintseva’s heavier game. Putintseva can use her heavy forehand to get the ball up high on Hsieh where the Taiwanese player is less dangerous. Therefore, this is a good matchup for Putintseva on this surface. Putintseva can turn this into a baseline struggle where she will fancy her chances. The versatility and net play of Hsieh wont trouble Putintseva like it troubles others, it will actually work in Putintseva’s favour, the Kazakh loves a target at the net and is good at dealing with slice.

Prediction: Yulia Putintseva to defeat Su-Wei Hsieh in 3 sets

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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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