World number 31 Yulia Putintseva will look to turn her form around as she plays the 91st-ranked Danka Kovinic in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Charleston Open on Friday, April 9. Get the live streaming options of this Yulia Putintseva v Danka Kovinic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Yulia Putintseva v Danka Kovinic Head to Head
Both of their previous meetings have come on the ITF circuit with Putintseva leading 2-0. The last time they played was way back in 2015 though where Putintseva won 6-1, 6-3 on clay.
Putintseva Avoids Easy Defeat
After Putintseva had sent out Zarina Diyas in the first round rather easily, one would have hoped for her to prove to be a difficult thorn in the in-form Garbine Muguruza’s flesh. That’s not how it turned out though, as Putintseva looked to be headed out of the competition, having got bagelled by Muguruza in the first set.
In getting done in 6-0, she became the fifth player this season to lose a set to Muguruza without winning a game, so that wasn’t that big a surprise. Where Putintseva did get lucky was Muguruza began to feel her left leg as the match wore on and at 2-2 in the second set, decided to retire from the encounter.
To Putintseva’s credit, once she realised Muguruza was struggling – which she admitted had begun from her first round win – she began to run the Spaniard around and played a few drop-shots as well.
Putintseva then pushed Muguruza hard on her serve in the fifth game of the second set after which the latter retired from the encounter, giving the Kazakh her first quarterfinal appearance of the season.
Kovinic Ousts Kvitova. Finally!
There had been two previous outings between Kovinic and Petra Kvitova and both times the 91st-ranked Kovinic had come close to upsetting her more pedigreed opponent. In both those matches Kovinic had fallen just short, losing the final set 7-6 at the 2016 Indian Wells Open and 7-5 at the French Open.
This was Kovinic’s chance to rise to the occasion and she did so with great aplomb.
She never let Kvitova in the encounter, defeating her 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 18 minutes to make it to the last eight. After having taken an early 2-0 lead, Kovinic looked to be in the danger of fizzling out when she conceded successive breaks but that was about as far as Kvitova could go.
Kovinic broke back in the sixth game, and then again as Kvitova served to stay in the set. And then she rattled off six games in a row including three successive breaks to get past the two-time Grand Slam winner.
This win comes on the back of victories over Gabriela Talaba and Leya Fernandez in the first two rounds for Kovinic.
Putintseva v Kovinic Prediction and Tip
While Putintseva is 4/6 favourite to win this, we are backing Kovinic to push her here and at least win a set.
Tip: Kovinic to win a set – Yes: 1/2 (bet365)