Kiki Bertens vs. Yulia Putintseva
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 25, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club
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Dutch tennis superstar, Kiki Bertens will be playing at the 2019 WTA Eastbourne International. At this stage of the tournament, Kiki Bertens will be playing against Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan.
Yulia Putintseva won her previous match after her opponent retired during the first set. Prior to the match ending, Putintseva was outstanding during the victory as she led 5-0 in the set. The receiving was exceptional during the victory as Yulia Putintseva won 63% of her return points. Putintseva won 3 return games and 2 service games which allowed her to be dominant throughout the contest.
Prior to arriving at this tournament, Yulia Putintseva played the Birmingham Classic where she reached the quarterfinals.
Looking at her opponent, Kiki Bertens has been in outstanding touch. Bertens finished second at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championship where she was dominant throughout the event. Bertens’ has a relatively poor record on grass but the Dutch superstar is a significantly improved player and her record on this surface since 2018 is 9-4. It has been a very strong 2019 season for Kiki Bertens as she has already won 2 titles including the Madrid Masters.
Kiki Bertens and Yulia Putintseva have played each other 5 times in the past. Kiki Bertens has won on 4 occasions while Yulia Putintseva has won once. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Sydney International where Kiki Bertens won in straight sets. Yulia Putintseva’s win over Kiki Bertens was in 2015.
Despite Yulia Putintseva’s recent form, I am going to predict that she will lose this match. Putintseva is playing against the number 3 seed. Kiki Bertens is a significantly stronger player and the Dutch superstar has proven her ability on grass as she made the final of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championship earlier in the month. Bertens has been in outstanding touch and I see her being too strong for her opponent in this match.