July 1, 2019 / 2:31 AM / 5 months ago

Factbox: Yulia Putintseva v Naomi Osaka

(Reuters) - A look at the records of Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva and Japan’s Naomi Osaka before their first-round match at Wimbledon on Monday (prefix number denotes seeding):

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - June 20, 2019 Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva in action during her second round match against Japan's Naomi Osaka Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

YULIA PUTINTSEVA

Age: 24

WTA Ranking: 39 (Highest ranking: 27)

Grand Slam titles: 0

2018 Wimbledon performance: Second round

Best Wimbledon performance: Second round (2015, 2016, 2018)

Putintseva, who holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over former world number one Osaka, beat the Japanese in straight sets at the Birmingham Classic last month.

The Kazakh, who won her maiden WTA title at Nuremberg in May, is ranked 39th in the world but has a reputation as a giant-killer, having beaten players in the world’s top 10 seven times in her career.

2-NAOMI OSAKA

Age: 21

WTA Ranking: 2 (Highest ranking: 1)

Grand Slam titles: 2 (U.S. Open 2018, Australian Open 2019)

2018 Wimbledon performance: Third round

Best Wimbledon performance: Third round (2017, 2018)

Osaka, who was recently replaced by Australia’s Ash Barty at the top of the world rankings, has said she is relieved to head into Wimbledon without the extra pressure that comes with being world number one.

The two-times Grand Slam winner is at her best on hard courts and has never gone past the third round at the All England Club, while her form has dipped since she parted company with coach Sascha Bajin in February.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: 0-2

2019 Putintseva d Osaka 6-2 6-3 (Birmingham, grass)

2018 Putintseva d Osaka 6-3 6-3 (Hobart, hard)

Complied by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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