Madison Keys vs. Yulia Putintseva 2018 French Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction
Putintseva vs. Keys
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Madison Keys and Yulia Putintseva meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis French Open.
Madison Keys is coming off a straight sets win over Mihaela Buzărnescu that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Keys won 83 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Keys won 69 percent of her total service points and had just 17 unforced errors. When Keys is able to control her power and not make so many mistakes, she’s about as tough to beat as any player in the draw. Keys can often allow her opponent to hang around, but that hasn’t been the case here, as she’s won all eight sets played this tournament. While clay has never been her best surface, Keys is playing her best tennis of the season right now. Keys has won five of her last six quarterfinal matches overall. Keys has a chance to make her third carer grand slam semifinal appearance and first ever in the French Open. Keys has won six of her last seven matches on clay court.
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Yulia Putintseva is coming off a straight sets win over Barbora Strýcová that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Putintseva won 55 percent of her first serve points and 77 percent of her second serve points. Putintseva got 75 percent of her first serves in play while winning 51 percent of her return points. Putintseva has now won eight of her nine sets played this tournament and is going to be a tough out once again if she continues to get such a high percentage of her first serves in play. Putintseva has now made the quarterfinal of the French Open in two of her last three tries. Putintseva has lost six of her last eight quarterfinal appearances. Putintseva has a chance to make her first carer grand slam semifinal appearance. Putintseva has won five of her last six matches on clay court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2016 Pan Pacific Open, a match Putintseva won in three sets. The match took 25 games to be decided.
Putintseva is playing at a very high level and consistently gets her first serves in play. She also beat Keys in the only meeting. However, Keys has yet to even come close to dropping a set this tournament and is always in control of the points with her power. When Keys isn’t racking up the unforced errors, she’s really tough to bet against, especially against lesser players.
Give me the American to reach the semis.