Mutua Madrid Open, R2 Preview
?? (10) Petra Kvitova vs. ?? (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?
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.