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US Open 2020: Yulia Putintseva vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich preview, head-to-head & prediction

Yulia Putintseva will face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the third round of the US Open
Yulia Putintseva will face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the third round of the US Open
Mihir Gawade
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Modified 04 Sep 2020, 09:14 IST
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Fixture: Yulia Putintseva vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Date: 4 September 2020

Tournament: US Open 2020

Round: Third round (Round of 32)

Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York, USA

Category: Grand Slam

Surface: Outdoor hardcourt

Prize money: $39,024,000

Match timing: 11 am EDT, 8.30 pm IST

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Yulia Putintseva vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich preview

Kazakhstan's 23rd seed Yulia Putintseva will face Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus on Friday, in the third round of the 2020 US Open.

Putintseva has put in some decent results this year, reaching the Round of 32 at the Australian Open and the Western & Southern Open as well as the Round of 16 in Qatar. Consistency is an issue though; the World No. 35 has failed to win more than two main draw matches at any tournament she has played in 2020.

That is a record Putintseva will be hoping to correct when she steps on to the court on Friday.

The Kazakh star has had it fairly easy this week, winning both her matches in straight sets for the loss of a combined 10 games. In the second round Yulia Putintseva beat Sasnovich's compatriot Vera Lapko, and would now hope to beat another Belarusian for a entry into the second week.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich thrashed 12th seed Vondrousova in previous round
Aliaksandra Sasnovich thrashed 12th seed Vondrousova in previous round

Aliaksandra Sasnovich caused one of the upsets of the tournament as she dominated 12th seed Marketa Vondrousova in a 6-1, 6-2 second-round win. The Belarusian broke her higher-ranked opponent four times while saving all six break points on her own serve to comfortably dispatch the Czech.

Sasnovich has reached the second week of a Slam only once before, at Wimbledon 2018. She would be hoping to repeat that result when she takes to the court against Putintseva.

Yulia Putintseva vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich head-to-head

Yulia Putintseva looks for her career-best result at the US Open
Yulia Putintseva looks for her career-best result at the US Open

The head-to-head between Yulia Putintseva and Aliaksandra Sasnovich currently stands at 2-0 in favor of the Kazakh star.

Both meetings between the pair came early on in their career. More than four years have elapsed since their last meeting at Sydney in 2016, which Putintseva comfortably won 6-1, 6-1.

Yulia Putintseva vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich prediction

For much of her career, Yulia Putintseva has been an eye-catching but streaky player. She is capable of producing lights-out tennis when she's in the mood, but is often her own worst enemy.

The 25-year-old is an aggressive baseliner who often uses the drop shot to finish a point. She can dictate rallies at will, but also spray unforced errors all over the court when things aren't going her way.

In spite of that Putintseva has defeated some big names in her career, including Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens (twice each).

Aliaksandra Sasnovich likes to keep the ball deep, and hits quite hard from the baseline. She is capable of producing winners off both wings, but the forehand is her stronger shot.

The Belarusian must be buzzing with confidence after the win over Vondrousova, and would be keen to carry on the momentum and enter the second week. We can expect a very close battle in this match.

Prediction: Aliaksandra Sasnovich to win in three sets.

Published 04 Sep 2020, 01:24 IST
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