World number 17, Elise Mertens will be up against World number 35, Yulia Putintseva in the quarter finals of the San Jose Open on August 6th, 2021.
Match Details: Elise Mertens vs Yulia Putintseva
- Tournament: Silicon Valley Classic 2021
- Match: Elise Mertens vs Yulia Putintseva
- Round: Quarter-final
- Date: August 6th, 2021
- Prize Money: $21,330
- Venue: San Jose, California, USA
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
Elise Mertens vs Yulia Putintseva: Preview
Elise Mertens has had an exceptional career, reaching a career high ranking of 12 in 2018 and winning 6 titles on the WTA Tour, including one title this year at the Gippsland Trophy. Mertens played at the Silicon Valley in 2018 and 2019 where she was seeded number 4 and 3 respectively. In 2018, she reached the semi-final where she eventually lost to number 5 seed, Mihaela Buzarnescu in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 1-6. In 2019, she lost in her first match, in the round of 16 against Kristie Ahn in straight sets, 3-6, 3-6. This year round in 2021, Mertens is seeded number 1 and has made it through to the quarter-finals. In the round of 16, she triumphed over Kristina Mladenovic in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Yulia Putintseva reached a career high ranking of 27 in 2017 and has won 2 titles on the WTA Tour, including one this year. At the San Jose Open, she is seeded number 8 and has got off to a good start. In the round of 32, Putintseva had a 78% first serve record and converted 4 of her 9 break opportunities to take the win over Donna Vekic in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. In the round of 16, Putintseva played a thrilling three set match against Australian, Ajla Tomljanovic with a difference of just 3 total points won at the end of the match. Tomljanovic had an astonishing 17 break point opportunities but was only able to convert 2, whereas, Putintseva converted 3 of her 6 break point opportunities to take the win, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Elise Mertens vs Yulia Putintseva: Head to Head
This will be the 3rd match between the duo who last met in 2020 at Doha where Putintseva took the win in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Their head to head is currently tied at 1-1.
Elise Mertens vs Yulia Putintseva: Prediction
Mertens has a great win-loss record for this year at 24-12 across all surfaces and a 65% win record on hard court throughout her career and a 13-4 record this year on hard court. She also won a title on this surface earlier this year in February and has won 4 out of her 6 titles on hard court. On the other hand, Putintseva has a win-loss record of 19-16 this year and a 45% win record on hard court with a 6-7 win-loss record on hard court this year. Both the titles she has won has been on clay court and thus, her dominant area is not hard court.
Match Prediction: Mertens to win in straight sets.
Elise Mertens vs Yulia Putintseva: Live Streaming and Where to Watch
- Japan: 4:15 am (August 7th)
- Delhi: 12:45 am (August 7th)
- New York: 3:15 pm
- Melbourne: 5:15 am (August 7th)
- Brazil: 4:15 pm
The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is broadcast live on Tennis Channel and streamed on Tennis Channel Plus. It will also be televised by ESPN.