World number 35 Yulia Putintseva will be up against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in a first round match at the 2020 WTA Italian Open on Monday, September 14. The match timing will be decided soon. Get the live streaming options of this Yulia Putintseva v Rebecca Peterson match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Yulia Putintseva v Rebecca Peterson Head to Head
There have been two previous matches played between Putintseva and Peterson and the Swede has won both times. The first time they played was at the 2018 Cincinnati Open where Peterson won a qualifier 6-4, 6-1 before they played again at the 2019 French Open. This time around the Swede was pushed but still came through in that opening round fixture 6-3, 7-5.
Putintseva in the Form of Her Career…
…but she hasn’t played a single match on clay this year. And that will be a big adjustment to make for her.
Let’s speak of the good form first though. After entering round three at the Australian Open earlier in the season, and the third round at the Qatar Open as well, Putintseva started off the post-pandemic season with a couple of second round visits at the Lexington Open and Cincinnati Open.
The best was to follow though. At the US Open, Putintseva overcame four opponents including Petra Martic to enter the quarterfinal for the very first time at Flushing Meadows and just third time overall.
What offsets her lack of clay court practice is the fact Putintseva does decently on that surface too, having gotten to the French Open quarterfinals on two previous occasions too. Her only WTA title also came on clay, last year at Nurnberg, so we back her to make the adjustment needed to get moving on the red dirt surface.
Peterson Peters Out after Excellent 2019
In 2019, Rebecca won her maiden WTA title at Nanchang and then doubled her tally within a matter of less than a month when he lifted the Tianjin Open trophy as well. Both tournament wins came on hard court surfaces.
Which is why, coming into 2020, lot was expected out of the Swede but it would be safe to call her performances so far as underwhelming.
Three successive first round losses at the Auckland, Hobart and Australian Open were followed by the first couple of wins of her season. And then came four defeats on the bounce, including three post pandemic, at the Palermo Open on clay, and Cincinnati Open and US Open on hard court.
Making it back on clay at Istanbul, she benefitted from the retirement of Margarita Gasparyan but then lost to Patricia Maria Tig in the second round. It’s been a kind of form she would love to move past and quickly.
Putintseva v Peterson Prediction & Tip
Putintseva might not have played anything on clay this year but her form and previous record on the surface is far too tempting to not anoint her a winner here, but probably in three sets.
Tip: Putintseva to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)