Petra Kvitova vs. Yulia Putintseva
|Date & Time||Thursday May 16, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
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Czech tennis superstar, Petra Kvitova will be playing at the 2019 WTA Italian Open. Petra Kvitova will be playing in the second round against Yulia Putintseva.
Yulia Putintseva looked solid in her opening match which she won in straight sets. During the win, Putintseva received serve exceptionally well. Yulia Putintseva won 57% of her receiving points which led her to win 6 return games. Yulia Putintseva’s serving was decent although she lost 3 service games which didn’t end up costing her. Yulia Putintseva has been in decent form as she made the third round of the Madrid Masters. This will be a very tough challenge for Yulia Putintseva as she is playing an elite opponent.
On the other side of the coin, Petra Kvitova received an opening round bye due to her high seeding. Kvitova enters this match is good form as she made the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters and won the Stuttgart Open prior to arriving in Italy. Petra Kvitova has missed the Italian Open for the last 2 season so the conditions may be unfamiliar for the Czech superstar.
Yulia Putintseva and Petra Kvitova have played each other once in the past. The match was played during the 2018 season in the United States at the Indian Wells Open. The match was played on hard court and was won in 3 sets by Petra Kvitova.
Yulia Putintseva had a solid win in the first round and she has been playing well since the Madrid Masters. That being said, I am going to pick Petra Kvitova to win this match. Kvitova is a very strong player and she looks very sharp having just won the Stuttgart Open. It has been a very good season for Petra Kvitova and I see her marking her return to Rome with a win.