Yulia Putintseva vs. Tamara Zidansek
|Date & Time||Saturday May 25, 2019, 7:30 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Putintseva -137 / Zidansek +123 -- Over/Under:
Yulia Putintseva and Tamara Zidansek meet in the final of the 2019 tennis Nuremberg Cup.
Yulia Putintseva is coming off a straight sets win over Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Putintseva won 66 percent of her first serve points and 72 percent of her second serve points. Putintseva won 68 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her four break points. Putintseva got 74 percent of her first serves in play and faced only two break points in the near two hour victory. Putintseva has won seven of her eight sets this tournament and has produced a combined 15 breaks during that span. At this point it’s all about finishing the tournament strong and getting the monkey off her back. Putintseva has a chance to win her first ever singles title, as she’s 0-2 in previous final appearances, with the most recent trip coming last year in the Guangzhou Open. Putintseva has won seven of her last nine matches on clay court.
Tamara Zidansek is coming off a straight sets win over Katerina Siniakova that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Zidansek won 68 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Zidansek won 60 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her nine break points. Zidansek got 60 percent of her first serves in play and won eight of the final 10 games to close the match. With wins in eight of her 10 sets this tournament, this was a much needed shot in the arm for Zidansek, who entered this tournament losing four of her last five matches on the main tour. Zidansek looks to win her first career singles title, and this is her first ever final appearance. Zidansek has won six of her last eight matches on clay court.
These two have played once, which was in Rabat of this year, a match Zidansek won in three sets. The match took 28 games to be decided.
Give Zidansek all of the credit for making her first final appearance and overcoming her struggles she entered this tournament with. This match is all about Putintseva, who is a two-time grand slam quarterfinalist, a top-40 player, has several wins over top-10 players and has yet to win a singles title. Putintseva has to get the monkey off her back and add some hardware to the resume. It’s there for the taking and she can’t afford to blow it.
Give me Putintseva in this contest.