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Kvitova vs Putintseva WTA Rome live streaming, preview and tips - Kvitova starts Rome campaign against dangerous Putintseva

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 16 May 2019
  • Petra Kvitova vs Yulia Putintseva is live from Rome around 1.00pm local time on Thursday (12.00pm BST)
  • Kvitova won their only previous clash in three sets in Indian Wells last year
Petra Kvitova (PA Images)

Petra Kvitova has a tough opening challenge at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome on Thursday as she begins her campaign against Yulia Putintseva.

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Petra Kvitova’s second-round match against Yulia Putintseva was postponed from Wednesday to Thursday due to heavy rain. The winner will face Anett Kontaveit or Maria Sakkari in the third round later on Thursday on Court Centrale.

Stuttgart champion Petra Kvitova starts her Internazionali BNL d’Italia campaign on Thursday in Rome against Yulia Putintseva - the feisty and intense Kazakh player who has made the French Open quarter-finals on two occasions.

Kvitova doesn’t have the best record at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia - she’s only won back-to-back matches at the tournament twice, making the quarter-finals both times before losing to Angelique Kerber in 2012 and Carla Suarez Navarro in 2015, while this will be her first appearance in Rome since an opening loss to Madison Keys back in 2016. Kvitova also hasn’t beaten a player ranked higher than No. 20 in Rome throughout her career, so she will have to break a lot of new ground if she is to be victorious in the Italian city this week.

Leading the WTA Tour for most match wins this season with 27, Kvitova has put together a sensational start to the season, and she will be determined to maintain her strong form and make a big impact at the remaining three slams, including the upcoming French Open. The Czech struggled at the majors last season, not making it past the third round and losing in the first round twice, but she’s already made up for that in 2019, reaching the Australian Open final after winning the Sydney crown just before heading to Melbourne, losing out to Naomi Osaka in a quality three-set final.

Kvitova also finished runner-up to Belinda Bencic in Dubai, made quarter-finals in Miami and St. Petersburg and became the first multiple-time WTA champion in 2019 when she swept the field to win the Stuttgart title to launch her clay season. Kvitova compiled a seven-match winning streak as she took care of Sofia Kenin, Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia in straight sets in Madrid, but her title defence in the Caja Magica came to an end as she was toppled by eventual champion Kiki Bertens in the quarter-finals. Despite that defeat, it’s been an excellent start to the clay season for Kvitova, but she will want to continue her good form this week and head into Roland Garros with winning momentum - can she overcome a challenging opening match in Rome on Thursday?


Yulia Putintseva will fancy her chances of claiming the upset. The 24-year-old has reached the French Open quarter-finals twice, firstly in 2016 when she beat the likes of Andrea Petkovic and Carla Suarez Navarro before taking a set off Serena Williams in her defeat in the last eight, and secondly in 2018 as she defeated Johanna Konta and Barbora Strycova before losing out to Madison Keys. Putintseva also impressed last week at the Mutua Madrid Open, toppling Irina-Camelia Begu and Pauline Parmentier to make the Round of 16, where she lost in three sets to the in-form Ashleigh Barty, while she coasted through a first round win at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Tuesday, beating Lesia Tsurenko 6-4 6-2 to earn a shot at Kvitova.

Twice a WTA runner-up at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in 2017 and in Guangzhou last year, Putintseva hit her career-high ranking back in 2017 and comes into Rome at a respectable No. 38 after a solid season so far in 2019, with her highlights including beating Sloane Stephens to reach the Sydney quarter-finals as a qualifier, while she also made the fourth round of the Miami Open, scoring big wins over Belinda Bencic and Anastasija Sevastova before losing a close three-setter to Karolina Pliskova, 7-5 in the decider.

Kvitova and Putintseva have played once before, with the Czech coming out on top in a really tight three-setter in Indian Wells last year. The pair split tiebreaks before Kvitova won the decider 6-4, and this match in Rome could be every bit as close on Thursday. Even though Putintseva has made two WTA hardcourt finals, I’d say clay is her best surface, which suits her competitive and battle-like style. Kvitova has been one of the best players on tour this season and starts favourite, but she will have to operating close to the peak of her powers to avoid the upset against a dangerous and hungry opponent in Rome.


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Kvitova vs Putintseva WTA Rome live streaming, preview and tips - Kvitova starts Rome campaign against dangerous Putintseva

Petra Kvitova has a tough opening challenge at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome on Thursday as she begins her campaign against Yulia Putintseva.

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