Belinda Bencic vs. Yulia Putintseva
|Date & Time||Friday March 22, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
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Belinda Bencic and Yulia Putintseva meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
Belinda Bencic is fresh off making the semifinals in Indian Wells and is one of the hotter players on the planet with wins in 13 of her last 15 matches. Bencic is playing the best tennis of her life and credits a lot of her recent growth to playing with Roger Federer in the Hopman Cup. If Bencic can continue to build on this success, she’s going to be a top-10 player at some point this season. Bencic has been really aggressive with her return and her service percentages have improved greatly. Bencic is a title contender for this tournament if she’s able to duplicate past performances in Miami. Bencic has won 10 of her last 11 matches on outdoor hard court.
Yulia Putintseva is coming off a three sets win over Kirsten Flipkens that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Putintseva won 60 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Putintseva won 57 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 15 break points. Putintseva has to be much more effective with her serve if she has a chance of advancing any further, but there is something about winning a match when not playing particularly well. Putintseva has a chance to win back-to-back matches on the main tour for the first time since Sydney back in October. Putintseva has split her last four matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played three times and Putintseva has won two of those matches. The most recent meeting was in this years Australian Open, a match Bencic won in three sets. Putintseva’s wins over Bencic came in Sydney of 2017 and Luxembourg of 2011. The two completed matches went the distance.
Putintseva has had a hard time with consistency as of late and wouldn’t be in this match if Flipkens was able to do anything with her serve. With the way Bencic has played not only in Indian Wells, but overall to start this season, this should be a rather routine victory for the Swiss. Putintseva is going to get her serve eaten alive if she doesn’t drastically improve in many areas.
I’ll take Bencic to win this match in straight sets.