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Monica Puig and Samantha Stosur will renew hostilities when they meet at the opening round stage of the 2018 Miami Open. Puig and Stosur played out a dramatic opening round clash at the Australian Open earlier this year, a match where Puig came from a set down and saved match point on route to a memorable victory. Undoubtedly, Stosur’s loss to Puig in Melbourne was a devastating one, the Aussie will head into this match in Miami with revenge on her mind.
Monica Puig is still yet to claim back-to-back main draw victories in 2018. The Puerto Rican continues to be a disappointment, we know that the Rio gold medallists best is good but we scarcely see her best tennis, certainly not on a consistent basis. Puig will hope she can finally build some momentum this week in Miami, a second home to the 24-year-old, certainly conditions she will feel comfortable in.
Sam Stosur is also yet to win back-to-back main draw matches in 2018 and has for the most part continued to underachieve just like Puig has. Like Puig, Stosur was eliminated in the second round in Indian Wells last week. Stosur started the event with a positive 3 set win over Lauren Davis before suffering a straight set win to Kristina Mladenovic. Stosur had leads in each set in her loss to Mladenovic so it was a typically disappointing result and manner in which the Aussie lost.
Stosur holds a 4-2 head-to-head record over Puig. However, it is Puig who has won the last couple of matches between the pair. Puig defeated Stosur 6-4 6-4 in Sydney in 2016, most recently Puig beat Stosur 4-6 7-6 6-4 at the Australian Open earlier this year. So, both can take confidence from the head-to-head record.