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

US Open, ????? R1 Preview + Prediction
(29) ?? Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs ?? 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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Mirjana Lucic-Baroni has won just 7 of her last 8 matches, injury troubles have really derailed Mirjana’s season which started off in spectacular fashion in Melbourne. Lucic-Baroni did show signs of improvement last week in New Haven where she broke a string of 6 consecutive losses to beat Anett Kontaveit in a tough three set match. Monica Puig also arrives in New York in losing form, Puig won just 1 main draw match during the U.S Open series and failed to make it through the qualifying draw in Cincinnati and New Haven.

Monica Puig has easily defeated Lucic-Baroni in their two previous matches, 6-3 6-1 win in Strasbourg on clay in 2014 and more recently a 6-1 6-2 win in Indian Wells last year. I suspect this match will be much closer with both players likely to struggle to find their range for periods of the match. Both have extreme power but Puig has the ability to dig in and put defensive pressure on opponents. I think Puig will ultimately be too tough here for a wounded Lucic-Baroni.

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Prediction: Monica Puig to defeat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in 3 sets

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