Simona Halep vs. Yulia Putintseva
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Melbourne Park)
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In the third round of the 2020 Australian Open, Yulia Putintseva is set to play against Simona Halep.
Yulia Putintseva played well in the previous round as she defeated Danielle Rose Collins in 3 sets. It was a close contest but Putintseva won a vital break point late in the final set to secure the victory. During the win, Yulia Putintseva won 79% of her service games and 4 return games. Yulia Putintseva is an extremely capable player and she has proven that over the past few seasons where she has beaten elite players like Naomi Osaka. Having said that, Yulia Putintseva must produce her best tennis if she wishes to compete with Simona Halep in this match.
Simona Halep has looked very strong this season and she has had a good start to this tournament. In the previous round, Simona Halep defeated Harriet Dart in straight sets. It was a comfortable victory for Simona Halep as she won 78% of her service and 5 return games. The receiving was especially impressive from Halep as she won 52% of her return points. Simona Halep as a good record at the Australian Open as she made the final of this tournament in 2018. Considering her record at this venue and her recent form, Simona Halep will be very optimistic about her chances of challenging for the title.
This will be the first time that Simona Halep and Yulia Putintseva will be playing each other at a WTA event.
Yulia Putintseva has caused some major upsets in recent times but I don’t see her having the ability to compete with Simona Halep. Halep has been in outstanding form and she has proven her strength through an outstanding defense. Simona Halep has the experience of winning big matches and I see her having the momentum as she enters this match. There is a gap in skills between the players and I see Simona Halep being good enough to win in straight sets.