World number 27 Yulia Putintseva will look to continue with her good form when she takes on Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska in the second round of the 2020 French Open on Wednesday, September 30 and the match could begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Yulia Putintseva v Nadia Podoroska match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Yulia Putintseva v Nadia Podoroska Head to Head
Putintseva and the 131st-ranked Argentina Podoroska have never played each other before this.
Putintseva Shrugs off Rome Retirement
Things looked to be going well for Putintseva since the start of the US Open where she made the quarterfinal.
The switch to clay in September also began well as Putintseva cruised past Rebecca Peterson in the first round of the Italian Open and then edged ahead against Petra Martic and fellow Kazakh Elena Rybakina to reach the quarterfinals.
While she wasn’t expected to really win against Halep in that encounter, Putintseva fell to 6-2, 2-0 and then retired from the match because of a lower back issue. That fitness concern was going to be the real worry for Putintseva coming into this opening round match at Roland-Garros but she seemed to have dispelled any such concerns with her performance in the first round.
Playing Kirsten Flipkens in cold and damp conditions, Putintseva showed no signs of a bad back as she romped past her veteran opponent 6-1, 6-2. Needing just over an hour, Putintseva got a whopping 79% of her first serves in – which is huge given how difficult the conditions were – and won 68% of those points.
And with six breaks of serve and facing just four break-points in the match, Putintseva was a runaway winner in line with the form she has shown in the recent past. She now takes on a qualifier who herself is coming off a similar scoreline win.
Podoroska Sends out Minnen
Much like Putintseva, Podoroska wasted no time winning her opening encounter against Greet Minnen with a scoreline not too different. She was on court for a mere 54 minutes and clinched a second round berth 6-2, 6-1.
The only difference was Podoroska is a qualifier herself, and was playing just her second main draw match at a major and first since 2016. The Argentina had never won a match in a Grand Slam either and while her appearances in two doubles WTA, one WTA $125k and 13 ITF competition finals on clay courts suggested she would feel at home in her opener, not too many expected this to come so easily.
In registering that win, Podoroska hasn’t dropped a single set since the start of the qualifiers, and if one includes her recent showing at the Saint-Malo ITF competition and Prague Open, it’s 14 of the 15 matches won and just a set dropped among those she has won.
The striking feature from Podoroska’s win was the mere 11 unforced errors she committed in the encounter – would be interesting to see she can maintain those disciplines in this next round.
Putintseva v Podoroska Prediction and Tip
Not surprisingly, Putintseva, despite being favourite is only 4/9 to win this as against what you would have normally expected her to be against any other 160th-ranked opponent (she was 3/25 in her opener against Flipkens). Could see a solid fight here.
Tip: Over 20.5 games in the match: 5/6 (bet365)