Yulia Putintseva vs. Elina Svitolina
|Date & Time||Thursday September 12, 2019, 2:00 AM (EDT)|
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Ukrainian tennis superstar, Elina Svitolina is set to play at the 2019 Zhengzhou Open in China. Svitolina will begin her tournament in the second round against Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan.
Elina Svitolina received a bye in the opening round due to her high seeding. Svitolina enters this tournament following an extremely strong US Open where she made it into the semifinals. Elina Svitolina was eventually defeated by Serena Williams in the semifinals but she still played extremely well in the tournament as she defeated elite players like Venus Williams, Madison Keys and Johanna Konta. Considering her recent form, Svitolina has the potential to end the season as the top-ranked player so she should be extremely determined as she enters this tournament.
On the other side of the coin, Yulia Putintseva enters this match having won her previous outing in 3 sets. It was a close match but Putintseva showed enough composure to win vital points to secure the victory. During the victory, Yulia Putintseva won 77% of her service games and 7 return games. It has been a good few months for Yulia Putintseva as she enters this match having made the third round of the US Open. That being said, I see Yulia Putintseva struggling in this match as she is playing against the number 2 seed.
Yulia Putintseva and Elina Svitolina have played each other 6 times in the past. Yulia Putintseva has won twice while Svitolina has won on 4 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2016 in Moscow where Svitolina won in straight sets. Yulia Putintseva last defeated Elina Svitolina in 2012.
Looking at all the information, I am going to pick Elina Svitolina to win this match. Svitolina has been in outstanding touch over the past few months and she has established herself as an elite player. Svitolina has a very well-balanced game and I see her being too strong for Yulia Putintseva.