Serena Williams vs Yulia Putintseva, Indian Wells R3 Preview

Indian Wells R3: (1) Serena Williams vs Yulia Putintseva

Serena Williams made a very strong start to her 2016 BNP Paribas Open campaign on Friday evening with a crushing straight set win. Serena looks to be the clear favourite to the win title in the Californian desert as a number of her greatest threats have already stumbled. The world number 1 will face an interesting test on Sunday when she comes up against the demonstrative Yulia Putintseva in the third round. This promises to be an entertaining battle, Putintseva loves the big stage and will enjoy the opportunity to play the world number 1, however Serena is likely to power through this match.


Serena Williams made an emotional return to Indian Wells 12 months ago but this time around the world number 1 is all business. Serena isn’t just here to participate she is here to win. Serena thumped Laura Siegemund 6-2 6-1 in a powerful first-up performance on Friday night. The American is aiming to win her first title at the event since that infamous 2001 title. Indeed, this is one of very few tournaments outside of the Grand Slams and Olympics that Serena has real reason to be motivated to win the title. Serena will want to change the way she remembers Indian Wells, winning the title in 2016 would be a nice way to override some of the haunted memories from the past. 

Yulia Putintseva continues to impress in season 2016, making the best start to a season in her young career. The Kazak is finally living up to her potential and finally playing at a consistent level. Putintseva cruised through her first round at the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-0 6-1 win over a rusty Peng Shuai before recording a hard-fought 6-4 6-4 win over Kristina Mladenovic. This is the first time Putintseva has reached the third round of a premier mandatory event and will enter this match with with the greatest player of all time having absolutely nothing to lose.


The only previous meeting between the pair took place on the clay in Madrid back in 2013, Serena prevailed 7-6 6-1. Yulia had her moments in that match, the Kazakh was extremely competitive throughout the first set but fell away in the second. It will be interesting to see just how well Yulia can compete with Serena on this occasion.

This is usually the type of match-up that Serena dominates in, the American is far more powerful than Putintseva and will punish Yulia’s relatively weak serve. Serena looked to be on a mission in her opening round match and should again emerge through this match relatively untroubled. Yulia has amazing defensive skills but doesn’t really have the weapons to hurt Serena consistently. Serena will be attacking for the majority of this match and spells dangers for her opponent. 

Prediction: Serena Williams to defeat Yulia Putintseva in 2 sets


0 responses to “Serena Williams vs Yulia Putintseva, Indian Wells R3 Preview”

  1. Putintseva already took out Wozniacki at the Australian Open this year, so Serena has already made herself aware of that. Also, Serena’s biggest threats in Wozniacki, Kerber, and Muguruza have already been sent packing their bags in the tournament. This definitely makes Serena a clear favorite to win the tournament now. Putintseva has good shot placement. But, her serve can get a little bit shaky at very critical points – she already served five double faults in two matches. On the opposite side though, Serena came through her first match in straight sets with the loss of three games, despite a late start due to the rain delay. Her match stats were 4 aces, 1 double fault, 25 winners, 11 errors, and she saved all of her break points that she faced. I believe that the six weeks Serena took off from Dubai and Doha because of the flu helped her out big time, as she doesn’t have slow starts anymore. My prediction is that Serena will win this match in two sets with the scoreline being 6-1 6-1, 6-1 6-2, 6-3 6-0, 6-3 6-4, or 6-3 7-5 and Putintseva won’t be able to break her serve.

    • Yes, Serena will be well aware of the threats that Putintseva brings, also because Yulia is part of the academy of her coach. So Serena will know all about Yulia. The serve if a big factor here, because if Yulia’s serve is only a little off it will get smashed by Serena. I hope Yulia does well, we will see

  2. Well, I am happy to say that Serena came through in straight sets against Putintseva today! 🙂 Though I’m not sure how many winners and errors she had in the match, she did have seven aces to only two double faults. Despite being broken twice, Serena has been looking extremely solid. At this rate, she will be the heavy favorite to win the title in Indian Wells.

    • Serena started very poorly and Yulia did well to take advantage but Serena really raised her level at the end of the first set and never looked back. Serena is unstoppable in the second set… a good match by both

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