?? Roland Garros, R3 Prediction
?? Yulia Putintseva vs. ?? Qiang Wang
I’m going to side with Putintseva here.
Firstly, the surface undoubtedly favours Putintseva. Clay is Putintseva’s best surface and Roland Garros is her favourite tournament. Yulia has consistently played well in Paris over the last few years, she notably reached the quarter-finals in 2016 where she pushed Serena Williams to 3 sets. Conversely, clay is Wang’s least preferred surface and she has achieved little of note on the red dirt.
Secondly, Putintseva is more experienced on bigger courts and at this stage of big tournaments. Yulia has played on the main courts in Paris many times and thrives in these circumstances. The same can’t be said for Wang who has a terrible record at the Grand Slam level.
Thirdly, I like this match-up for Yulia. Wang has a solid game, but I think she lacks variety and her movement can be exposed on this surface. Putintseva will like the one-dimensional game of Wang, she will throw Wang off her game with heavy groundstrokes, flat groundstrokes, drop shots and slice. Yulia should win this.