French Open fourth round preview: Carla Suarez Navarro vs Yulia Putintseva

French Open fourth round preview: Carla Suarez Navarro vs Yulia Putintseva

In a match that was postponed due to rain, 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro faces off against Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva for a spot in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

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Thomas Cluck

After a complete washout on Monday, Spanish 12th seed and 2014 quarterfinalist Carla Suarez Navarro faces Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva for a spot in the last eight at the French Open. Suarez Navarro and Putintseva have met once back in 2013 at the Australian Open, with the Spaniard coming out on top in a rollercoaster match 1-6, 7-6, 6-2 to reach the third round in Melbourne. 

How they got here

Suarez Navarro began her tournament fighting past talented young Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. In the second round, the Spaniard eased past Chinese Qiang Wang 6-1, 6-3 to seal her passage into the third round where she met 22nd seed and Madrid finalist Dominika Cibulkova. The 12th seeded Suarez Navarro battled through a tight three setter again, eventually sending the Slovak packing 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Though the world number 14 was forced to go the distance in two of her first three matches, the 2014 quarterfinalist had the day off Sunday after her match on Saturday and her match scheduled for Monday was postponed to Tuesday due to torrential rain in Paris, helping the Spaniard's recovery process ahead of her meeting with Putintseva. 

Carla Suarez Navarro hits a forehand at the French Open in Paris/Getty Images
Carla Suarez Navarro hits a forehand at the French Open in Paris/Getty Images

While Suarez Navarro had to battle in two of her first three matches, Putintseva has done the opposite, easing through the first three rounds without dropping more than two games a set. Putintseva began her 2016 Roland Garros campaign with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 victory over Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak. In the second round, the Kazakh easily dismissed German 28th seed and 2014 semifinalist Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-2 to move into the third round.

The world number 60 kept up her dominant form, crushing Victoria Azarenka's conqueror Karin Knapp 6-1, 6-1 to reach a career-best Grand Slam result and a first ever second week at a major. With Putintseva also being in the top half of the draw, the 21-year-old received a day off on Sunday before a washout on Monday leading to their match being played on Tuesday with quarterfinals set to begin Wednesday. 

Yulia Putintseva hits a backhand at the French Open in Paris/Getty Images
Yulia Putintseva hits a backhand at the French Open in Paris/Getty Images

Final thoughts

While Suarez Navarro has struggled throughout this tournament and has played much more than her younger opponent, the two days of rest and recovery coming into the match should erase energy as a factor. Despite this, Putintseva still has looked the much better player this tournament and with her tricky game the Kazakh could very well pull off the upset.

If Suarez Navarro is able to extend points and send the world number 60 out wide she should prevail but expect Putintseva's crafty game to be too much for the Spaniard and for her to move on in two, tight sets.

Prediction: Putintseva in straight sets 

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