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WTA BIRMINGHAM MATCH PREVIEW - BARBORA STRYCOVA vs YULIA PUTINTSEVA

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BARBORA STRYCOVA vs YULIA PUTINTSEVA

When on song the fiery Barbora Strycova can be great viewing, we are hoping that’s going to be the case here. What makes us believe in Strycova is she’s done particularly well at this tournament tournament in the past, and she’s also got a favourable first round draw.

The diminutive 31 year old made the final of this last year, and one of her victims is current Wimbledon favourite Karolina Pliskova. Their was absolutely no fluke to that win, and she backed it up by beating then Hertogenbosch (grass) winner Coco Vandeweghe. For the record, Heather Watson and Tsvetana Pirinkova were the other players brushed aside.

If we go back to 2014 Strycova made another final here, and she backed it up by progressing to the quarter finals of Wimbledon. Players she beat at that years Birmingham included then top ten player Lucie Safarova, plus good grass courters in Kirsten Flipkens and Casey Dellacqua. And, while none of those were what we would call big names, she went on to defeat much higher ranked players such has Caroline Wozniacki, Na Li and Elena Vesnina at Wimbledon.

Their is no doubt in our minds that Strycova will be up for this tournament, and it’s hard to imagine her being inconvenienced by Moscow born base-liner Yulia Putintseva. Afterall, the 22 year old prefers slower surfaces such has clay, and she’s never been that good on grass. In fact, last year she won just one of her four of her matches on this surface, and a year earlier it was just 1/3. 

While their is a small argument to suggest Putintseva has achieved a bit more than her opponent this year, she’s not the most consistent of players. Furthermore, she lost their only meeting (6-2 6-1), and the surface is the main deal breaker for Putintseva’s chance. We suggest taking Babs to get it done in two sets.

BET: BARBORA STRYCOVA -1.5 sets

Odds: 1.99