Top seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan will meet Croatia’s Ana Konjuh in the second round of the 2021 WTA Budapest on Wednesday, July 14. Get the live streaming options of this Yulia Putintseva v Ana Konjuh match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Yulia Putintseva v Ana Konjuh Head to Head
Konjuh has won both their previous matches, winning a qualifying round in Prague in 2015 and in the second round of the Serbia Open earlier this year.
Putintseva Eliminates Gorgodze
World No. 42 Yulia Putintseva began her Budapest campaign with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Georgia’s Ekaterine Gorgodze.
The 26-year-old Kazakh player, who came into the tournament with a 14-15 record from all matches, including qualifiers in 2021, needed an hour and 35 minutes to dispatch the Georgian in the Round of 32. Putintseva converted five of 13 break points against Gorgodze and saved one of three. She also won 60 percent service points and 51 percent return points in the match.
Winner of the Nurnberg title in 2019 and runners-up in St. Petersburg and Guangzhou in 2017 and 2018 respectively, Putintseva is a three-time major quarterfinalist, reaching that stage at the French Open in 2016 and 2018 and the U.S. Open last year.
This year, she made it to the third round of the Australian Open, lost in the first round at Roland Garros, and made it only as far as the second round at Wimbledon.
Putintseva, who reached a career-high ranking of 27 in 2017, will be eyeing a spot in the quarterfinals for the third time this year.
In her two previous last eight appearances, she was beaten by Danka Kovinic at the Charleston Open and by Magda Linette in Strasbourg.
Konjuh Rebounds to Beat Mrdeza
Facing Putintseva in the next round will be Croatia’s Ana Konjuh, who rallied from a set down to beat compatriot Tereza Mrdeza in the first round on Monday.
The former Wold No. 20, who made 11 double faults in the match to her opponent’s 12, converted seven of 16 break points and saved five of 10 to win the two-hour-and-11-minute contest 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The win improved Konjuh to 29-15 from all matches, across levels this year and the World No. 120 will now be eyeing her third tour-level quarterfinal this year. She lost to Marta Kostyuk in the last eight in Istanbul, but went all the to the final in Belgrade, where she was forced to retire while trailing Paula Badosa 2-6, 0-2.
It has been a good year for the 23-year-old Croatian, who has struggled with injury since 2017. She won her first main draw match in three years, at the Miami Open, defeating Katerina Siniakova in the first round and then kept the momentum going in the next two rounds, beating Madison Keys and Iga Swiatek respectively, before falling to Anastasija Sevastova in the Round of 16.
A two-time junior Grand Slam singles champion, Konjuh began the season as World No. 477, and is slowly climbing back the rankings.
Putintseva v Konjuh Prediction and Tip
Putintseva is the top seed, but Konjuh is yet to lose to the Kazakh. Also, the Croatian has done really well on clay this year. Expect the match to go the distance, with an upset a possibility.