Agnieszka Radwanska vs Monica Puig, Australian Open R3 Preview

Australian Open R3: (4) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Monica Puig

Agnieszka Radwanska’s quest for a maiden Grand Slam title continues on Friday when she takes on Monica Puig in the third round at Melbourne Park. Both Radwanska and Puig have been in great form during the Australian summer and will enter this clash full of confidence.

Agnieszka Radwanska has strolled through her opening matches in Melbourne with relative ease. The Pole started the week with a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victory over Christina McHale before having to work a little harder for a 6-4 6-2 victory over the potentially dangerous Eugenie Bouchard. Aga is now on a 10 match winning streak and has won her last 5 matches in straight sets. Aga will be hoping for another straight set victory here as she looks to conserve her energy for the later stages of the tournament.

 

Monica Puig also brings winning form into this match, having won 9 of her last 10 matches after coming through the qualifying draw and reaching the final in Sydney last week. Puig started her Australian Open campaign with an emphatic 6-3 6-0 victory over Magda Linette before being forced to work infinitely harder for a 4-6 7-6 9-7 victory over Krystina Pliskova in the second round. It was an incredible match, Pliskova fired 31 aces past Puig and had 5 match points but couldn’t get the job done, an extremely gutsy victory by Puig in the end.

This will be the first career meeting between Aga and Puig. I suspect this will be a good match-up for Aga, Puig is solid but lacks any real weapons to trouble the Pole. Radwanska has far more variety and experience and is just far more consistent in every way. Aga should win this pretty comfortably.

Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Monica Puig in 2 sets

0 responses to “Agnieszka Radwanska vs Monica Puig, Australian Open R3 Preview”

  1. Puig has reall weapons (key word: Second Serve Aces 😀 ). She can hit tha ball extremely hard but she missfires so often; that was the reason for her ranking fall last couple of years.
    I think Aga will be to clever and win in 2…I just wanted to add Puigs abilities… ^^

    • I don’t think her second serve is a weapon haha… Yeah she can hit the ball hard but so can most players, that doesn’t bother Aga.

    • Hard hitting players are always dangerous, but only on their days.
      Of course Aga doesn’t seem to be affected because mostly they are missfiring too much!
      So it is not automatically the case that Aga doesn’t bother hard hitters.

      • I wouldn’t say Puig is really hard hitter.. plus the thing is that she has many weaknesses such as her movement which Aga will always expose and can do that no matter how hard she hits the ball

  2. Puig is a heavy hitter but she always misfire. If she can keep her tempo during the match, she is capable of taking one set from Aga. WTAaddict is Aga supporter. Ahhhh….Puig, please beat Aga though you have a mountain to climb. Nothing is impossible if Zhang can beat Halep.

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