BNP Paribas Open, ??? Indian Wells R2 Preview
?? (21) Anastasija Sevastova vs ?? Monica Puig
Anastasija Sevastova and Monica Puig will meet for the first time when they go head-to-head at the second round stage of the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. The 21st seeded Sevastova received a bye into the second round whilst Puig earned her spot in the second round with a hard-fought straight set win over Beatriz Haddad Maia. This should be a fairly close match between two contrasting styles of tennis.
Sevastova arrives in Indian Wells in average form. Sevastova’s results have not been great ever since her devastating quarter-final loss to Sloane Stephens at the U.S Open last year, a modest 8-9 win/loss record since that match. Sevastova’s middle eastern swing did not go to plan, her most recent result was an opening round loss to Ekaterina Makarova in Dubai. Sevastova led that match by a set and a break in that match, another tough loss for the Latvian.
Monica Puig is yet to find her range in 2018. The Puerto Rican has not won back-to-back main draw matches in 2018, something she will be keen to achieve in this second round match in Indian Wells. Puig progressed to the second round with a gutsy 6-3 7-6 win over Beatriz Haddad Maia, one of Puig’s better performances of the season thus far. Puig trailed 0-4 in the second set but did very well to stay composed and ultimately close out the match in straight sets.
It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out in the first career meeting between the pair, the crafty, consistent Sevastova against the dynamic, powerful Puig.