Karolina Pliskova vs. Yulia Putintseva
|Date & Time||Sunday December 30, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
|Location||Unknown Location Unknown Address|
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Yulia Putintseva and Karolina Pliskova meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis Brisbane International.
Yulia Putintseva hasn’t played since losing her second match in Moscow and enters this tournament losing three of her last four matches. Putintseva is coming off a tough three set loss in which she struggled with her second serve and was broken six times. Still, Putintseva had a solid season overall, which included making the quarterfinals of the French Open and making her second career final appearance at the Guangzhou Open. Putintseva is clearly a young player on the rise and could continue to grow as a player entering the 2019 season. Putintseva has three career wins over top-10 players. Putintseva has won six of her last nine matches on hard court.
Karolina Pliskova hasn’t played since losing in the WTA Finals semifinals, and she’s lost four of her last six matches overall. Pliskova hasn’t been racking up the free points with her serve the way we’re used to seeing, and she was broken seven times the last time we saw her in action. While rust is an issue this time of year, the time off could certainly have helped a player like Pliskova. As long as she gets her serve working and pounds out a few aces, Pliskova will return to being one of the hardest players on tour to beat. A quick start is important for the 26 year olds confidence in this tournament. Pliskova has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played twice and Pliskova has won both matches in straight sets. The most recent match was in the 2017 Miami Open, a match Pliskova won in 21 games.
Putintseva is no push over and has success against top ranked players. However, Pliskova has owned Putintseva in the previous two matches and neither match has been all that competitive. Putintseva clearly has issues with the power of Pliskova and has been broken just three times in four sets against her.
I’ll back history and pick Pliskova to win this match in straight sets.