Rybakina vs Putintseva: prediction for the WTA Indian Wells match
Two represetatives of Kazakhstan, Elena Rybakina and Yulia Putintseva, will face each other in the second round of Indian Wells tournament on October 8. Who will record a victory? The answer is in our prediction.
Elena Rybakina was never eliminated before the third round in four most recent tournaments. After those consistent performances Kazakhstani player climbed up to the 16th position in the WTA rankings.
Kazakhstani player is approaching the Indian Wells tournament after a successful performance at Chicago. Rybakina reached the semi-final in that tournament. Rybakina withdrew herself in the second round of the match against Jabeur, but injury turned out to be not so severe. Rybakina probably chose to save her energy for a prestigious Indian Wells tournament.
Yulia Putintseva is not as consistent as her opponent. But Yulia recorded a victory in the head-to-head match. In 2020 she beat Rybakina in clay tournament at Rome (4:6, 7:6, 6:2).
Putintseva started the Indian Wells tournament in the first round, she recorded a victory over Andrea Petkovic (7:6, 6:1). In the first set Putintseva made three breaks, but every time she was losing advantage. She eventually won a tiebreak and German player was to exhausted to put up a fight in the second set.
In the only head-to-head match three sets were played, in 2 out of 4 most recent matches of Putintseva also three sets were played
Five most recent matches of Rybakina more than nine games were played in the first set
One year ago Rybakina failed to beat Putintseva at 2020 Rome tournament, despite a significant advantage. Elena has a great opportunity to get revenge at Indian Wells. Rybakina should be able to perform better at her serve on a faster surface. Putintseva lost three games at her serve in a match against Petkovic, but played better on the receive. It will be hard for her to do the same in a match against Rybakina.
Our prediction - Rybakina to win
We will see a match of two Kazakhstani players, so both of them will be extremely motivated. At Rome opponents played three sets. We are expecting the same scenario at Indian Wells.
Our second bet is on total over 20 games