Lesia Tsurenko vs Yulia Putintseva, Hobart R2 Prediction

Hobart International ???️ R2 Prediction
(5) ?? Lesia Tsurenko vs ?? Yulia Putintseva

I’m going to side with Putintseva here. The Kazakh has won the only two previous meetings between the pair, including a dominant 6-1 6-0 win in New Haven in 2015. I think this is a good match-up for Putintseva and I have seen signs from Tsurenko that she will against struggle against Putintseva on this occasion.

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Both players can struggle behind their serve. The signs are that this will be particularly true for Tsurenko, the Ukrainian served very poorly against Babos in the opening round and had some physical issues with her serve in Brisbane last week. Conversely, Putintseva served very well in her opening round match against Osaka.

This match-up will feature a lot of long rallies, both players are great movers around the court and are primarily defensive players. One of the key differences could be that Putintseva has more variety to her game, most notably a great drop shot and an effective slice. Putintseva can move Tsurenko around with deep looping shots and then flatten out or use her touch. I can see why Putintseva has had success in this match-up and I expect it to continue here after a long battle.

Prediction: Yulia Putintseva to defeat Lesia Tsurenko in 3 sets

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