Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R1
?? Danielle Collins vs. ?? Yulia Putintseva
Expect fireworks when Danielle Collins and Yulia Putintseva do battle at the opening round stage of the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. The two are infamous for their on-court personas, two of the most fiery players on tour. This should be a close match between two players who are not lacking in confidence but have relatively limited experience on grass.
I’m going to side with Putintseva here. Putintseva arrives in Eastbourne on the back of a good week in Birmingham where she defeated the top ranked Naomi Osaka in straight sets on route to the quarter-finals. Whilst grass is traditionally Putintseva’s worst surface, her backhand slice and delicate drop shots are actually very effective on this surface. Collins will be playing her first match since Roland Garros and has especially limited experience on grass. Expect Putintseva’s greater versatility and consistency to give her the edge.