Taylor Townsend vs Monica Puig, Cincinnati R1 Preview

Western & Southern Open, ??? Cincinnati R1 Preview + Prediction
(Q) ?? Taylor Townsend vs (Q) ?? Monica Puig

Monica Puig has had an extremely disappointing season, time is running out for Puig to turn things around in 2017. The 2016 Rio Olympics show that Puig can turn things on at any moment, Puig comes up against Taylor Townsend in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday. Townsend and Puig both reached the main draw in Cincinnati by progressing through a tough qualifying draw. This will be the first career meeting between Townsend and Puig.

Taylor Townsend beat a couple of tough opponents to reach the main draw. Townsend came from a set down to defeat Irina-Camelia Begu and Carina Witthoeft. Monica Puig entered the main draw by defeating Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets and Mariana Duqoue-Marino in 3 sets.

In the first career match-up between the pair, I suspect Puig should have the edge. Perhaps having to come through the qualifying draw will be a good thing for Puig, the Puerto Rican was able to gain some confidence and is due for a good week. Puig will be able to rush Townsend and expose her poor movement whilst dictating the majority of points, Puig should be winning this one.

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Prediction: Monica Puig to defeat Taylor Townsend in 2 sets

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