BNP Paribas Open, ??? Indian Wells R1 Prediction
?? Yulia Putintseva vs ?? Alison Van Uytvanck
I’m going to side with Putintseva here. Clearly this is a good match-up for Putintseva, the Kazakh won both of the previous matches between the pair in straight sets, dropping a combined 4 games. Those two matches were on clay and were back in 2013 and 2015 but they are still somewhat relevant. Van Uytvanck clearly has the better form of the pair but it is common for players to struggle after a successful week. The conditions in Indian Wells should favour Putintseva in this match-up, the slow hard courts are as close as it gets to clay. Putintseva’s defensive skills put a lot of pressure on Van Uytvanck in this match-up, expect a determined Putintseva to win here.