Monica Puig vs Sam Stosur, Sydney QF Preview

Sydney QF: (Q) Monica Puig vs Sam Stosur

A massive opportunity presents itself to Sam Stosur and Monica Puig on Wednesday when the pair go head-to-head for a place in the semi-finals of the Apia International in Sydney. The pressure will be on Sam Stosur, as she aims to reach her first semi-final in Sydney since 2005. Stosur has a dominant record over Puig, but the Porta Rican will still fancy her chances given her stunning form in Sydney this week.

 

Monica Puig is having a wonderful week in Sydney, advancing through the qualifying draw to reach her first ever premier-level quarter-final. Puig recorded multiple victories over decent opponents during the qualifying stage, including Yulia Putintseva and Polona Hercog. Puig carried her form into the main draw where she recorded a three set victory over Magdalena Rybarikova before thumping Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-1 6-0 in just under an hour to advance through to the quarter-final stage in at the Apia International in Sydney 

Sam Stosur has recorded back-to-back victories and advanced to the quarter-final stage in Sydney for the first time since 2005, a statistic that shows just how much Stosur has really struggled in Australia over the years. Stosur’s form has slowly been building over the last couple of weeks, Stosur showed glimpses of her best in Brisbane last week and again in Sydney however her she has still been pretty inconsistent throughout matches.

 

Stosur started the week with an extremely hard-fought 4-6 7-5 7-5 victory over Roberta Vinci. Sam showed great fighting spirit in that match where she was able to come from a set and a break down and overcome the disappointment of failing to serve out the match late in the third. Stosur backed up that victory with a clinical 6-4 6-2 victory over Daniela Hantuchova, an opponent she really enjoys playing against. Sam will face another opponent she has a great record against at the quarte-finals stage where she faces Monica Puig

Sam Stosur holds a perfect 4-0 head-to-head record over Puig. All four victories have been in straight sets, including a 6-4 6-4 in Hong Kong last year in what was their most recent clash. All of the pressure will be on Stosur in this match-up, a rare chance to reach a semi-final in Australia. Stosur has generally failed to deal with pressure very well and despite the head-to-head record I think Puig does have the game to challenge Stosur. Puig will be full of confidence heading into this match and will feel like she has nothing to lose having already surpassed expectations, I believe she will cause the upset here.

Prediction: Monica Puig to defeat Sam Stosur in 3 sets

0 responses to “Monica Puig vs Sam Stosur, Sydney QF Preview”

  1. AKS was not interested in playing under the hot sun. I was there to watch the match. She hits more than 40 UFEs to hand the match over. Again, Stosur is a different animal. She will send Puig to Melbourne a little early.

  2. She will feel the pressure just to reach the semi final of a small event and against an opponent with whom she has not lost a set in 4 meetings…..That’s strange :/
    Specially if u r talking abt grand slam winner and multiple wta titles holder

    • It is well known that Stosur has been unable to deal with pressure in Australia on many occasions, even in the first round of tournaments such as Sydney and Brisbane.

  3. If people think that Stosur won’t be able to reach semi in Sydney is insane. Think about it, the tournament filled with better players in the past years and it was hard to compete than this year. This year is the cake walk for top ranked or experienced players. Puig will choke this time.

    • I agree that Stosur is the favourite and should win but I just have a feeling that she could slip up, I have watched all her matches this year and she hasn’t been very convincing under pressure

  4. For your records, Puig hates to play with someone who likes to slide the balls very often. Rybarikova should have won that match because if she did not melt down as usual.

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