Samantha Stosur vs Monica Puig, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ R1 Preview
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Samantha Stosur vs ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig

Samantha Stosur begins yet another Australian Open campaign on Monday when she comes up against Monica Puig. Stosurโ€™s struggles at her home Grand Slam event have been well documented over the years, Stosur has not reached the second week of the event since 2010. At 33, Stosur will know she will not have many more chances in Melbourne, the Aussie would love nothing more than to go on a deep run at Melbourne Park. Stosur will have her work cut out to avoid a third consecutive opening round loss in Melbourne when she takes on Monica Puig in the opening round.

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Stosur has had a decent preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year. Stosur was again beaten in the opening round at the Brisbane International, beaten by Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets. Stosur then went on to play in Sydney where she came from a set down to claim an impressive win over Carina Witthoeft. The second was where Stosurโ€™s ran came to an end, beaten by Daria Gavrilova in straight sets. Stosur had a good summer of training and after a few matches against quality opposition she will feel ready to go in Melbourne.

Monica Puig had a disappointing 2017 and is continuing to underachieve. Puig was unable to gain much needed momentum in the weeks prior to the first Grand Slam of the year. Puig was beaten by Julia Goerges in the opening round in Auckland, a tough draw but Puig did push Goerges to a third set, the only player to achieve that in Auckland as Goerges won the title. In Sydney Puig stumbled at the final stage of qualifying.

Stosur holds a 4-1 head-to-head advantage over Puig. However it was Puig who won their most recent match, a 6-4 6-4 victory in Sydney in 2016.

Monica Puig vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni U.S Open R1 Preview

US Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐Ÿš• R1 Preview + Prediction
(29) ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig

An interesting opening round clash from Flushing Meadows on Monday sees Mirjana Lucic-Baroni take on Monica Puig in what will be a battle of two of the most inconsistent players on tour. Lucic-Baroni and Puig have both struggled to find their best tennis during the lead-up to New York, both remain dangerous and capable of significantly raising their level at any given tournament, Puig has won both of the previous matches between the pair so she will be able to take some kind of confidence into this match despite her recent poor form.

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Taylor Townsend vs Monica Puig, Cincinnati R1 Preview

Western & Southern Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ‰ Cincinnati R1 Preview + Prediction
(Q) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Taylor Townsend vs (Q) ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig

Monica Puig has had an extremely disappointing season, time is running out for Puig to turn things around in 2017. The 2016 Rio Olympics show that Puig can turn things on at any moment, Puig comes up against Taylor Townsend in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday. Townsend and Puig both reached the main draw in Cincinnati by progressing through a tough qualifying draw. This will be the first career meeting between Townsend and Puig.

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Jelena Ostapenko vs Monica Puig, Roland Garros R2 Preview

Roland Garros, ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐ŸŒ R2 Preview + Prediction
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Jelena Ostapenko vs ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig

An intriguing second round clash at Roland Garros sees Jelena Ostapenko come up against Monica Puig, two talented, huge hitters. Both Ostapenko and Puig have a great amount of potential but both severely struggle with inconsistency both within matches and throughout tournaments. Both ladies will see this match as a great opportunity to advance to the third round in Paris, expect a fierce contest.

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Roberta Vinci vs Monica Puig, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐ŸŒ R1 Preview + Prediction
(31) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Roberta Vinci vs ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig

An intriguing opening round clash in Paris sees Roberta Vinci come up against Monica Puig. Vinci is arguably one the most vulnerable seeded players in the draw whilst Puig is one of the most dangerous unseeded players in the draw, making for an entertaining first round clash at Roland Garros.

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Monica Puig vs Sorana Cirstea, Miami R1 Preview

Miami Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿฌ R1 Match Preview
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig vs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Sorana Cirstea

An interesting opening round match-up at the Miami Open sees Monica Puig take on Sorana Cirstea. Both Puig and Cirstea possess extreme power and potential but both have generally struggled with inconsistency and injury in the case of Cirstea. Puig and Cirstea have both shown flashes of their best in 2017, both will be hoping for some more consistency moving forward, starting with a win here.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Monica Puig, Indian Wells R2 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒดIndian Wells, R2 Match Preview
(3) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Karolina Pliskova vs ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig

A blockbuster second round match-up at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden sees the second seeded Karolina Pliskova open her 2017 BNP Paribas open campaign against the always-dangerous Monica Puig. Karolina Pliskova was moved to the top of the draw courtesy of the withdrawal of Serena Williams. However, Pliskovaโ€™s move to the top of the draw doesnโ€™t seem to be advantageous as she has arguably drawn the most dangerous unseeded player in the draw in her opening match of the tournament.

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Christina McHale vs Monica Puig, Acapulco QF Preview

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ Acapulco QF Preview
(5) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Christina McHale vs (4) ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig

Christina McHale and Monica Puig will surprisingly go head-to-head for the very first time at the WTA tour level when they face off at the quarter-final stage of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL in Acapulco on Friday. This promises to be an intriguing match-up between two very competent baseliners. Both McHale and Puig are starting to build some strong positive moment over the last couple of weeks, this is big match both ladies, both big title contenders this week in Acapulco if they can get through this match.

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Angelique Kerber vs Monica Puig, Dubai R3 Preview

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, R3 Preview:
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช (1) Angelique Kerber vs ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig

Angelique Kerber and Monica Puig will do battle for the first time since their Gold medal match at the Rio Olympics last year. Monica Puig famously overcame the German in the final to claim the biggest win of her career and won the first Olympic Gold medal for Puerto Rico. Puig has failed to fire since her Rio heroics whilst Kerber has started 2017 in a slump, this is a vital match for both ladies and could have a big impact moving forward.

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Monica Puig vs Mona Barthel, Australian Open R2 Preview

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(29) ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig vs (Q) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Mona Barthel

There are higher expectations on Monica Puig heading into 2017 after her gold medal heroics at the Rio Olympic games last year. The Puerto Rican made a commanding start to her Australian Open campaign on Monday as she looks to reach the second week at Melbourne Park for the very first time. Puig comes up against Mona Barthel in the second round, a potentially dangerous opponent having already won four matches at Melbourne Park after making her way through the qualifying draw.

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