ASB Classic, Auckland R1
(2) ?? Julia Goerges vs ?? Monica Puig
The 5-0 head-to-head record for Puig sticks out heading into this match, a strange record given Goerges has generally been the better player over the years. Goerges heads into 2018 with renewed confidence after ending 2017 with back-to-back titles, including the biggest title of her career to end the year in Zhuhai.
I’m going to give the edge to Goerges here despite the head-to-head record. I feel like form and confidence are sky high for Goerges right now and she will relish opportunity to reverse her negative record against Puig. Both players will be rusty so expect a lot of errors but Goerges will be too clutch when it matters.