Yulia Putintseva vs. Sloane Stephens
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 14, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Lindner Family Tennis Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
The Line: -- Over/Under:
American tennis superstar, Sloane Stephens is set to play at the 2019 WTA Cincinnati Masters in Ohio. Sloane will begin her tournament in the second round where she will play against Yulia Putintseva.
Yulia Putintseva won a tight match in the previous round as she defeated Jelena Ostapenka on 3 sets. Putintseva lost the second set but showed enough composure in the first and final sets to win the match. During the win, Yulia Putintseva impressed with her receiving as she won 51% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 8 occasions. Putintseva won over 50% of her receiving games which allowed her to control the match. It has been a strong few months for Yulia Putintseva as she defeated Naomi Osaka twice in the grass-court season. Yulia Putintseva looks confident as she enters this match.
On the other side of the coin, Sloane Stephens missed the opening round as she received a bye due to her high seeding. It has been a tough few months for Sloane Stephens as she has looked in awful form. Stephens last played at the Rogers Cup where she was eliminated in the opening match. It was a poor match for Sloane as she lost 5 service games and was defeated in straight sets. Sloane Stephens has not won since Wimbledon and the American looks very low on confidence. This is expected to be a tough match since Yulia Putintseva is in good form.
Yulia Putintseva and Sloane Stephens have played each other 3 times in the past. Putintseva has a stronger record as she has won on 2 occasions while Sloane has only won once. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Sydney International where Yulia Putintseva won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Yulia Putintseva to win this match. Sloane has looked in awful form and she is playing against an opponent who is playing well. Yulia Putintseva has a good head-to-head record against Sloane and that should ensure she has the pre-match momentum. Yulia Putintseva is a solid player and I see her being Sloane Stephens in this match.