Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan will play promising Argentine Nadia Podoroska in the first round of the Olympics women’s singles on Sunday, July 25. Get the live streaming options of this Yulia Putintseva v Nadia Podoroska match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Yulia Putintseva v Nadia Podoroska Head to Head
Neither Yulia Putintseva nor Nadia Podoroska represents the top bracket of contemporary women’s tennis as yet, but when it comes to talent and skill, they are more than a handful and, on their good days, could give their more fancied and accomplished rivals a run for their money.
The two will go into the opening-round clash at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday at honours even as they are currently tied at 1-1 in head-to-head battles. Their first ever meeting at the opening round at Roland-Garros last year saw the 35th-ranked Putintseva put it past the unheralded Argentine.
However, the contest wasn’t without its share of thrills and spills as after losing the first set 3-6 to the Kazakh star, the Argentine showed a lot of heart in the manner in which she roared back into contention by cruising the second 6-1. But Putintseva had the last laugh as she turned it back her way in the third set, winning it 6-2.
Their second meeting at the Fed Cup, rechristened as the Billie Jean King Cup, this year was a chance for the Argentine to redeem herself and get her own back against her Kazakh rival in her homeland, and that she did in style with a score-settling win in three sets.
After dropping the first set like she did at their first meeting, the Argentine cantered home, winning the next two sets without breaking much sweat. In fact, she bageled Putintseva in the third to put an authoritative stamp on a strong comeback win.
Putintseva Won 2nd Career Title Recently
After an opening-round exit at the French Open and a second-round finish at the Wimbledon Championships, Putintseva finally found her groove at the Hungarian Open, beating Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina by an emphatic 6-4, 6-0 margin to clinch her second Tour title.
She reached the tournament final on the back of impressive wins against Croatian Ana Konjuh in the fourth round, Kateryna Kozlova in the quarters and Hungarian Dalma Galfi and is currently on an unbeaten streak that she will take into her Tokyo opener against Podoroska on Sunday.
Podoroska Has a Serena Scalp
Running into 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in her 1,000th career match at the Italian Open, Podoroska wasn’t expected to shake the banyan tree.
However, the Argentine didn’t just push the American in the third-round clash but won it straight sets to announce herself to the tennis world. She has since taken further strides up the echelons in the women’s game with quarterfinal finishes at Serbia Open and the inaugural Bad Homburg Open.
Currently ranked 38th in singles, she is determined to make a mark at the Tokyo Olympics and put a premium price on her scalp even against more fancied opponents.
Putintseva v Podoroska Prediction and Tip
With neither taking bragging rights into the first-round clash in Tokyo on Sunday, one senses a fierce, knife-edged contest going down to the wire. Though it may not to wise to stick one’s neck out and pick one over the other, the top dollar would probably have the Kazakh star’s name on it.