World No. 6 Paula Badosa entered her Miami Masters third round clash with a clear game plan and she executed it perfectly to safely progress into the Miami round-of-16. Badosa, seeded at No. 5, claimed a routine 6-3 6-2 win over world No.
47 Yulia Putinsteva. It was the second meeting between the two and Badosa's second win over Putintseva. The two met for the first time at Wimbledon last year and back then Badosa also claimed a straight-set win over Putintseva.
"I played against her a few months ago so I knew it was a very physical and tactical match," Badosa said, per the WTA Tour website. "I studied her a little bit to know where she's going to throw the ball."
Badosa dominated Putintseva
Putintseva actually made a positive start to the match as she didn't allow Badosa a single break point in her first three service games. In the seventh game, Putintseva missed out on game points and paid the price as Badosa earned the first break of the match to take a 4-3 lead.
Badosa then served out the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead, before claiming her second break in the ninth game to seal the first set. After losing the last four games of the first set, Putinsteva started the second set by breaking Badosa in the opening game.
Unfortunately for Putintseva, her lead was short-lived as Badosa broke back in the second game. Putintseva had a chance to break Badosa again in the third game but the Spaniard saved three break points to take a 2-1 lead.
After saving three break points in the third game, Badosa broke Putintseva in the fourth game to go up by a set and a break. Badosa then earned her fifth break of the match in the eighth game to book a straight-set win. Badosa has been through to the Miami round-of-16 for the first time in her career. Badosa plays rising Czech star Linda Fruhvirtova next. Badosa and 16-year-old Fruhvirtova have no previous meetings.