Puig vs. Siegemund
|Date & Time||Thursday August 11, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Laura Siegemund and Monica Puig meet in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Laura Siegemund is coming off a straight sets win over Kirsten Flipkens that took 19 games to decide. Since losing her opening set in the first round, Siegemund has won her last six sets and has lost a combined 13 games in her last two matches. Siegemund is hitting the ball extremely well and has to be very confident considering she handled Flipkens, who has been somewhat of the dark horse this tournament since sending home Venus Williams. Siegemund has had a breakout 2016, and she’s now a couple wins away from competing for a gold medal. Siegemund has won six of her last nine matches on hard court.
Monica Puig is coming off a straight sets win over Garbiñe Muguruza that took 14 games to decide. Puig has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost a combined 12 games in her first three matches overall. Puig is easily playing some of the best tennis of anybody in the olympics right now and is simply dominating her return game. Puig has to be extremely confident heading into this match, which would put the 22-year-old just one win away from an olympic medal. As long as Puig can control her nerves and remain aggressive offensively and defensively, you have to like her chances to advance. Puig has won seven of her last 10 matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
Nobody is playing better than Puig at the moment, as she just dominated a top-five player in the world in Muguruza. Sure, she’s likely not going to keep this up all tournament long, but Puig should be able to handle Siegemund due to how aggressive she’s being on her returns.
I like Puig to advance to the improbable semifinals of the olympics.