Yulia Putintseva vs Kateryna Kozlova, Taiwan Open QF Preview

Taiwan Open, Taipei City QF Prediction
?? (5) Yulia Putintseva vs ?? Kateryna Kozlova

Yulia Putintseva and Kateryna Kozlova will go head-to-head for the first time at the tour level when they meet for a spot in the semi-finals at the Taiwan Open on Friday. Putintseva is one of the highest seeds remaining in the draw and may perhaps believe that this is a chance for her to finally win a WTA tournament. However, Kozlova looms as a big challenge for the Kazakh, the indoor hard court surface probably favours Kozlova.

Yulia Putintseva is through to the quarter-final stage in Taipei City without dropping a set. However, Putintseva has struggled to close out both of her matches this week despite dominating for the majority of each match. Putintseva started the week with a 6-2 6-4 win over Junri Namigata before confirming her spot in the final 8 with a 6-3 7-6 win over Kai-Chen Chang. Putintseva squandered a 1-5 lead and multiple match points in the second round before rebounding from 5-6 to take the match in the second set tiebreak.

Kateryna Kozlova also confirmed her spot in the final 8 in Taiwan with a tough victory. Kozlova came from a set down to defeat Ying-Ying Duan 3-6 6-2 7-6. In the opening round Kozlova produced a stunning performance to eliminate the top seeded Shuai Zhang 6-2 6-4, one of the better performances of the tournament thus far.

It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out between the pair of 23-year-old’s.

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