Taiwan Open, Taipei City QF Prediction
?? (5) Yulia Putintseva vs ?? Kateryna Kozlova
I’d give a pretty clear edge to Kozlova here. Whilst Putintseva has not dropped a set yet this week, the quality of opposition has been quite inferior, a pair of opponents ranked outside the top 200. Putintseva struggled to close out both matches and I think Kozlova will enjoy this match-up on this surface. Kozlova had a good record on hard courts in 2017 and I expect her to be too strong for Putintseva. Yulia rarely beats these types of opponents on a surface like this and I have not at all been impressed with her level of play under pressure this year. Kozlova’s win over Shuai Zhang in the first round was very impressive. Kozlova should win.