Ashleigh Barty vs. Yulia Putintseva
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 8, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
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Ashleigh Barty and Yulia Putintseva meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Madrid Open.
Ashleigh Barty is coming off a three sets win over Danielle Collins that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Barty won 75 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Barty won 64 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her eight break points. Barty is coming off a really weird match where all three sets needed just seven games to be decided, so if it wasn’t for a letdown in the second set, she would have cruised in under an hour. Either way, Barty is possibly the hottest player on the women’s side right now when you factor in 10 straight victories when you throw in two Fed Cup matches. Barty has everything working right now and the confidence is as high as it’s ever been. Barty has won six of her last eight matches on clay court.
Yulia Putintseva is coming off a three sets win over Pauline Parmentier that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Putintseva won 60 percent of her first serve points and 61 percent of her second serve points. Putintseva won 60 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her eight break points. Putintseva has looked sharp in her first two matches, but she has to be better with her serve if she’s going to continue, as she’s been broken six times in her last five sets. Putintseva has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the second time in her last four tries. Putintseva has six career wins over top-10 players, one coming this year over Sloane Stephens in Sydney. Putintseva has won two of her last three matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Putintseva isn’t a pushover in the third round, but she’s way too inconsistent with her serve to win this match against a red hot Barty. The Aussie has become a lot more comfortable with her shot selection as of late and is attacking on her return instead of playing it safe all the time. Barty is going to steamroll her competition if they’re not getting their first serve in play, and it’s just that simple.
I like Barty in straight sets.