Naomi Osaka vs. Yulia Putintseva
|Date & Time||Thursday June 20, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
Edgbaston Priory Club
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Naomi Osaka and Yulia Putintseva meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Birmingham Classic.
Naomi Osaka is coming off a three sets win over Maria Sakkari that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Osaka won 75 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Osaka won 64 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her nine break points. Osaka got 55 percent of her first serves in play and saved nine of her 11 break points. It wasn’t a perfect performance from Osaka, but she was able to dig deep and find a way to grind out a third set. Osaka has now won five of her last six matches that have gone the distance. Osaka looks to win at least two matches for the fifth straight tournament. Osaka has won seven of her last 10 matches on grass court.
Yulia Putintseva is coming off a straight sets win over Harriet Dart that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Putintseva won 68 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Putintseva won 64 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her eight break points. Putintseva got 68 percent of her first serves in play and only faced two break points in a win that took nearly an hour and a half to complete. Putintseva looks to win two matches for the third time in her last five tournaments. Putintseva has six career wins over top-10 players, with one of those wins coming this year. Putintseva has split her last four matches on grass court.
These two played once, which was in 2018 Hobart, a match Putintseva won in straight sets. The match took 18 games to be decided.
Putintseva is more than capable of winning this match if Osaka continues to play below what she’s capable of and pile up the unforced errors. Despite winning the first set in seven games, Osaka just doesn’t look comfortable or confident out there. With that said, a hard fought win can do wonders for a player and maybe her first round victory was what she needed to get out of this funk.
I like Osaka to advance to the next round.