Angelique Kerber vs. Yulia Putintseva
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Angelique Kerber and Yulia Putintseva meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Angelique Kerber won one match in Dubai before losing to Su-Wei Hsieh, and she continues this up-and-down play that makes her hard to trust. Kerber has won six of her last 10 matches and has thrown in some real stinkers where she piles up the unforced errors and struggles to control the pace of points. Of course, when Kerber is on and hitting the ball with confidence, she’s capable of winning any match against anybody, but this inconsistent play has made her a tough player to back. The good news is Kerber is a big match player and has made at least the quarterfinals of Indian Wells in three of her last seven appearances. Kerber has split her last six matches on outdoor hard court.
Yulia Putintseva is coming off a straight sets win over Timea Babos that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Putintseva won 64 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Putintseva won 62 percent of her total services points and converted on six of her 15 break points. Putintseva was very impressive in her opening match and gives herself a chance to compete in this contest if she can work the return the same way she just did. Still, Putintseva has split her last 10 matches overall, so there’s some consistency issues to worry about moving forward. Putintseva has two career wins over top-10 players, including one this year over Sloane Stephens in Sydney. Putintseva has split her last six matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was a 2010 match in Luxembourg, a match Kerber won in straight sets. The match took 16 games to be decided.
Putintseva is a live underdog given her career success against top-10 players, but she’s often not the same player from match to match, so it’s tough to judge her game and predict which player is going to show up. Say what you want about Kerber, but she’s a big tournament player who has a track record at Indian Wells.
Kerber should roll in straight sets.