Petra Kvitova vs. Monica Puig, Madrid R2 Preview

Mutua Madrid Open, R2 Preview
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ (10) Petra Kvitova vs. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท (wc) Monica Puig

The in-form Petra Kvitova will be back in action on Tuesday in Madrid as she come up against Puerto Rican wild-card Monica Puig for a spot in the third round. Kvitova is on a roll at the moment, Kvitova arrived in Madrid fresh from winning her third title of the year in Prague. The two-time former champion in Madrid is one of two players this week aiming to be the first to win the Madrid title on 3 separate occasions, the other being the top ranked Simona Halep. Can Puig stop the red-hot Kvitova?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Kvitova and Puig advanced to the second round in Madrid in contrasting fashion. Kvitova cruised past Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-2 despite having less than a day in Madrid to prepare for her opening round match, Conversely, Puig laboured through her first round match, beating Zarina Diyas 6-4 2-6 6-2, ultimately it was a decent win for Puig against a solid opponent.

Surprisingly it is Puig who has won the only two previous matches between the pair, both in 2016. A critical 6-1 1-6 6-3 win at the semi-final stage of the Rio Olympics and a 1-6 6-4 6-4 win in Tokyo a few months later. This will be their first career meeting on a clay court.

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Monica Puig vs Samantha Stosur, Miami R1 Preview

Miami Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŒด R1 Preview
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig vs ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Samantha Stosur

Monica Puig and Samantha Stosur will renew hostilities when they meet at the opening round stage of the 2018 Miami Open. Puig and Stosur played out a dramatic opening round clash at the Australian Open earlier this year, a match where Puig came from a set down and saved match point on route to a memorable victory. Undoubtedly, Stosurโ€™s loss to Puig in Melbourne was a devastating one, the Aussie will head into this match in Miami with revenge on her mind.

Monica Puig is still yet to claim back-to-back main draw victories in 2018. The Puerto Rican continues to be a disappointment, we know that the Rio gold medallists best is good but we scarcely see her best tennis, certainly not on a consistent basis. Puig will hope she can finally build some momentum this week in Miami, a second home to the 24-year-old, certainly conditions she will feel comfortable in.

Sam Stosur is also yet to win back-to-back main draw matches in 2018 and has for the most part continued to underachieve just like Puig has. Like Puig, Stosur was eliminated in the second round in Indian Wells last week. Stosur started the event with a positive 3 set win over Lauren Davis before suffering a straight set win to Kristina Mladenovic. Stosur had leads in each set in her loss to Mladenovic so it was a typically disappointing result and manner in which the Aussie lost.




Stosur holds a 4-2 head-to-head record over Puig. However, it is Puig who has won the last couple of matches between the pair. Puig defeated Stosur 6-4 6-4 in Sydney in 2016, most recently Puig beat Stosur 4-6 7-6 6-4 at the Australian Open earlier this year. So, both can take confidence from the head-to-head record.

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Anastasija Sevastova vs Monica Puig, Indian Wells R2 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒด Indian Wells R2 Preview
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป (21) Anastasija Sevastova vs ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig

Anastasija Sevastova and Monica Puig will meet for the first time when they go head-to-head at the second round stage of the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. The 21st seeded Sevastova received a bye into the second round whilst Puig earned her spot in the second round with a hard-fought straight set win over Beatriz Haddad Maia. This should be a fairly close match between two contrasting styles of tennis.

Sevastova arrives in Indian Wells in average form. Sevastovaโ€™s results have not been great ever since her devastating quarter-final loss to Sloane Stephens at the U.S Open last year, a modest 8-9 win/loss record since that match. Sevastovaโ€™s middle eastern swing did not go to plan, her most recent result was an opening round loss to Ekaterina Makarova in Dubai. Sevastova led that match by a set and a break in that match, another tough loss for the Latvian.

Monica Puig is yet to find her range in 2018. The Puerto Rican has not won back-to-back main draw matches in 2018, something she will be keen to achieve in this second round match in Indian Wells. Puig progressed to the second round with a gutsy 6-3 7-6 win over Beatriz Haddad Maia, one of Puigโ€™s better performances of the season thus far. Puig trailed 0-4 in the second set but did very well to stay composed and ultimately close out the match in straight sets.

It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out in the first career meeting between the pair, the crafty, consistent Sevastova against the dynamic, powerful Puig.

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Monica Puig vs Beatriz Haddad Maia, Indian Wells R1 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒด Indian Wells R1 Preview
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Monica Puig vs ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Beatriz Haddad Maia

Monica Puig and Beatriz Haddad Maia will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the opening round stage of the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. Puig and Haddad Maia have had very similar results in 2018, however it is Puig who is falling down the rankings whilst Haddad Maia is steadily rising. Both will see this as a winnable opening round match, expect a competitive encounter.

Monica Puig has only won a couple of main draw matches in 2018. The Puerto Rican continues to be one of the biggest disappointments on tour, continually not living up to her abilities. Puig arrives in Indian fresh off a second round showing in Acapulco last week. Puig escaped an early scare against Dayana Yastremska in the opening round before easily succumbing to Rebecca Peterson in the second round. Puig has an overall 2-3 win/loss record in main draw matches in 2018, a disappointing start to the year given she ended 2017 quite well.

Beatriz Haddad Maia also arrives in Indian Wells off a second round exit in Acapulco. Haddad Maia defeated Heather Watson in the opening round before succumbing to Kristina Mladenovic in a tight 3 set battle. Haddad Maia has yet to win consecutive matches in 2018 but it must be noted that the Brazilian has been dealt numerous tough draws in 2018. This will be Haddad Maiaโ€™s first appearance in Indian Wells.

It will be interesting to see how this match pans out in the first career meeting between the pair.

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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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