Barbora Strycova vs. Yulia Putintseva, Australian Open R1 Prediction

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?? (32) Barbora Strycova vs. ?? Yulia Putintseva

The opening round match between Barbora Strycova and Yulia Putintseva at Melbourne Park has potential to be an epic. I expect this to be a real battle, a lengthy match which will feature a lot of punishing rallies. Strycova and Putintseva are both very adventurous, both play with a lot of variety and tenacity, a good match-up.

I’m going to give the slight edge to Putintseva here, mostly because it is Putintseva who has made a far more impressive start to the season. At this stage in their respective career it is Putintseva who is moving into her prime whilst Strycova is on the decline, their respective starts to the season mirror that sentiment. Putintseva looks in great shape at the moment and is full of confidence after a great run in Sydney, Putintseva always raises her level for these types of matches and I think she will outlast Strycova in a physical battle.

Prediction: Yulia Putintseva to defeat Barbora Strycova in 3 sets
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