Kristina Mladenovic 1.98, Yulia Putintseva 2.02
Due to start at 4 pm.
Mladenovic leads their previous matches 3-2. The last time they played was in January 2017 in St Petersburg, Russia. Mladenovic won on an indoor hard court in 3 sets. She has won both their indoor matches.
Overall results are close in 2019 but favour Putintseva. Their indoor results are quite close.
Mladenovic has the higher ROI on indoor hard courts and has better recent performances. She reached the quarter finals last week in LInz, also on indoor courts. She beat Siniakova and Vekic before losing to Ekaterina Alexandrova.
Putintseva played in Tianjin, China last week on hard courts. She reached the quarter finals with wins over Astra Sharma and Sam Stosur. Her only indoor tournament of the season was in January in St Petersburg where she lost to Tereza Martincova in 3 sets. She has played 5 Federation Cup matches. She won the 3 matches in which she was pre match favourite
Lay Putintseva around 1.65 to 1.70 and remove liability at 2.30. The sets should be close but I favour Mladenovic to win.
Update: Mladenovic won 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
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