25 year old Yulia Putintseva says she will take the positives out of the US Open fortnight - where she reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final on hard courts - after going down to American Jennifer Brady in straight sets at the US Open on Tuesday.
Putintseva was knocked out of the tournament on Tuesday in straight sets by the in-form American Brady, who advanced to her first Grand Slam semi-final.
Yulia Putintseva taking positives out of US Open run
Speaking to the press after her loss, the Kazakh player says, "I mean, I'm taking a lot of positive things. It's been my first quarterfinal on hard court and major, and it's been a good week.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to go further, but that's okay. She played a great match. She deserved to win today. And I hope next time I will take this chance to go semis or further. Yeah, just not the best day for me, but she played really good."
Putintseva will now head over to Europe for the clay court season and will be looking to continue her good form from here at the French Open, where she has been a quarter-finalist on two occasions in the past. But she is wary of the physical impact of moving from hardcourts to clay courts in such a short span of time."
I mean, it's not the adjustment of the game, because I think everyone is playing, like when the season is on, everyone is playing every week, so the game is there. It's more problem of the injuries, because I think I never jumped that quick from the hard court to the clay court.
But this year, unfortunately we don't have this choice. We have to play, because there is not so many tournaments on clay before the French Open. Obviously I want to play some matches, so I'm just hoping that, yeah, these few days I'm gonna take easy on clay, and hopefully I will get used to it fast."
Yulia Putintseva has won 1 WTA singles title in her career so far - the 2019 Nuremberg Cup in Germany. She has also reached two other finals on the WTA Tour - the 2017 St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy in Russia and the 2018 Guangzhou Open in China.