Yulia Putintseva and Anhelina Kalinina will go head to head in the final of the 2021 WTA Budapest on Sunday, July 18. Get the live streaming options of this Yulia Putintseva v Anhelina Kalinina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Yulia Putintseva v Anhelina Kalinina Head to Head
Putintseva leads the Ukrainian 1-0, last defeating her in Osprey in a qualifying round 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.
Putintseva Makes it to the Final
Yulia Putintseva is set to play in her first singles final since the 2019 Nuremberg Cup – the one and only tournament the Kazakh has won to date.
It has been a long and frustrating wait for the 26-year-old to get another shot at a singles title. At the end of the last season, Putintseva managed to break into the top 30 after reaching the quarterfinal in the US Open and Italian Open.
However, the top seed failed to carry that form forward through most of 2021, at least up until now. As a result of this, she dropped down to the #42 spot in the rankings.
Before reaching the final in Budapest, her best run of 2021 had come in the Volvo Car Open where she reached the quarterfinal (she did beat Garbine Muguruza en route). Putintseva also reached the same stage in the Strasbourg Open.
The Kazakh has enjoyed a fairly straightforward path to the final in Budapest. In the opening rounds, she breezed through in straight sets against Ekaterine Gorgodze and Ana Konjuh.
In the quarters and the semis, she did find herself playing three-setters but they didn’t prove to be that demanding in the end. After beating Kateryna Kozlova, Putintseva just defeated the local favourite Dalma Galfi 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the last round.
Kalinina Continues her Sensational Run
24-year-old Anhelina Kalinina’s win-loss tally stands at 36-7 after her superb week in Budapest.
Spread across four ITF singles titles, two of which she picked up consecutively before arriving in Hungary – Kalinina’s terrific run has allowed her to break into the top 100, despite starting the season as World No. 165.
All these accomplishments came on clay courts this season so it doesn’t really come as a surprise to see the Ukrainian do so well in the Budapest Grand Prix. She is yet to drop a set in the tournament, moving past players like Anna Kalinskaya, Bernarda Pera, Panna Udvardy, and most recently, the number two seed Danielle Collins.
That said, it was more of a walkover than a win as Collins retired after trailing 6-7(4), 1-4 in the second set.
This performance also marks Kalinina’s best WTA run since reaching the second round in the French Open as a qualifier, beating Angelique Kerber in the opener.
Putintseva v Kalinina Prediction and Tip
Putintseva will start as the favourite but Kalinina is looking incredibly strong at the moment. There ain’t a lot of difference in experience and form between the two players; if anything, Kalinina has more ITF singles finals (23) to the Kazakh’s (12).
Expect a good game of tennis, one that may go Kalinina’s way.