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.