BNP Paribas Open, ??? Indian Wells R1 Preview
?? Monica Puig vs ?? Beatriz Haddad Maia
Monica Puig and Beatriz Haddad Maia will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the opening round stage of the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. Puig and Haddad Maia have had very similar results in 2018, however it is Puig who is falling down the rankings whilst Haddad Maia is steadily rising. Both will see this as a winnable opening round match, expect a competitive encounter.
Monica Puig has only won a couple of main draw matches in 2018. The Puerto Rican continues to be one of the biggest disappointments on tour, continually not living up to her abilities. Puig arrives in Indian fresh off a second round showing in Acapulco last week. Puig escaped an early scare against Dayana Yastremska in the opening round before easily succumbing to Rebecca Peterson in the second round. Puig has an overall 2-3 win/loss record in main draw matches in 2018, a disappointing start to the year given she ended 2017 quite well.
Beatriz Haddad Maia also arrives in Indian Wells off a second round exit in Acapulco. Haddad Maia defeated Heather Watson in the opening round before succumbing to Kristina Mladenovic in a tight 3 set battle. Haddad Maia has yet to win consecutive matches in 2018 but it must be noted that the Brazilian has been dealt numerous tough draws in 2018. This will be Haddad Maia’s first appearance in Indian Wells.
It will be interesting to see how this match pans out in the first career meeting between the pair.