World number 28 and number eleven seed, Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, will face Andrea Petkovic of Germany, ranked 107th, in the first round of the WTA Charleston Open on Monday, April 5, The match is yet to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Yulia Putintseva v Andrea Petkovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Yulia Putintseva v Andrea Petkovic Head to Head
The pair have played each other four times before, and Putintseva leads their head-to-head series by three matches to one.
Petkovic won their first encounter at Indian Wells in 2013, but Putintseva has won all three of their subsequent meetings on clay – at Nuremberg in 2015, at the French Open in 2016, and in Rabat a year later.
Putintseva Still Searching for 2020 Form
Putintseva has won one WTA title, at Nuremberg in 2019, and reached two other finals.
2020, though, was a good year for her, at least in terms of Grand Slams, she reached the quarter finals of the US Open, and then got to the same stage in Paris, the second time she had reached the last eight of the French open.
She has yet to reach those heights in 2021, although she did get to the third round of the Australian Open for the second successive year, going down to Elina Svitolina.
She has only played three matches, since, suffering a shock second round defeat to the world 203 Storm Sanders of Australia in Adelaide.
And there was more disappointment for her in store in Miami. Having been given a first round bye, she was then beaten by the Serbian qualifier Nina Stojanovic.
Can Petkovic Get Something Going on Clay?
Petkovic was once a top ten player, and has won six WTA titles, three of them on clay. However, the fact that the last of those triumphs was more than six years ago in Antwerp is testament to how her form has dipped since then.
Last year, the 33-year-old German played just the one event after lockdown, the French Open, where she lost in the first round.
However, she reappeared in Melbourne, where she suffered another first round defeat in the Australian Open, beaten by Ons Jabeur.
Another first round defeat on Australian soil occurred in the Phillip Island Trophy, and it was something of a surprise when she knocked the world number 43, Shuai Zhang, out of the Miami Open in the first round.
She then lost to Sofia Kenin, but not before taking the world number four to three sets, the American forced to come from behind before eventually claiming victory.
Putintseva v Petkovic Prediction and Tip
This should be a straightforward win for Putintseva. Not only is she the higher ranked player and seed, but she has a 100% record against opponent on clay.
Tip: Putintseva to win: 4/9 (bet365)