World number 18 Johanna Konta of Great Britain will face the 30th-ranked Yulia Putintseva in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Thursday, April 29. Get the live streaming options of this Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Head to Head
There have two main draw WTA matches played between them and the scoreline reads 1-1 with Konta winning at the 2017 Italian Open and Putintseva making it 1-1 at the French Open the following year.
Other than these two, Konta and Putintseva have also faced off in the qualifiers of the Oeiras Open and a Fed Cup match in 2019. Both were won by Konta.
Konta’s Won Just Two in 2021
Four tournaments played and just two matches won. That’s not the kind of record Konta would have expected or hoped for coming into this season, but with wins only at Gippsland Trophy and Miami Open, the Brit has been struggling to get a move on.
Making it worse is the fact her results have shown bit of a downward trend since the start of the 2020 season, with Konta winning eight and losing nine of her matches last year as well.
At two different times last season, Konta showed some spark – a semifinal at the Monterrey Open and Cincinnati Open being two examples – but at other times there have been some woeful shows. Add that to her record on clay since 2020, a 1-2 win-loss record, makes it a difficult start for her in Barcelona.
Putintseva Coming off Charleston Quarterfinal
Not quite a clay court specialist, Putintseva looked to have begun her time on dirt this season rather well, making it to the quarterfinal at Charleston Open.
She was aided by the withdrawal of Garbine Muguruza, sure, especially after having lost the first set 6-0 but wins over Harriet Dart and Zarina Diyas in the first two rounds and a fighting quarterfinal defeat to Danka Kovinic would have given some confidence to the Kazakh.
Even last season saw Putintseva begin her clay court campaign on a similar note as she cruised into the last eight stage at the Italian Open. That had included wins over Petra Martic and Elena Rybakina.
Interestingly, despite opting to play a lot more on hard court surfaces, Putitnseva’s maiden title win came on clay, at the Nurnberg Open. Can she overcome her higher-ranked but struggling British opponent?
Konta v Putintseva Prediction and Tip
Putintseva is a favourite here at 8/13 and that is to do with her recent results on clay and her opponent’s huge struggles overall. Backing Putintseva to win this.
Tip: Putintseva to win: 8/13 (bet365)