Madison Keys vs. Monica Puig
|Date & Time||Saturday April 6, 2019, 2:30 PM (EDT)|
Family Circle Tennis Center
Charleston, South Carolina
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Madison Keys and Monica Puig meet in the semifinal of the 2019 tennis Charleston Open.
Madison Keys is coming off a three sets win over Sloane Stephens that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Keys won 67 percent of her first serve points and 31 percent of her second serve points. Keys won 53 percent of her total service points and converted on seven of her 15 break points. Keys was hitting the ball with great pace, improved her serve and lowered her unforced errors the deeper they got into the match. As long as Keys keeps the ball in play, she has to like her chances to win this tournament. Keys hopes to make her first final appearance since the 2017 US Open and the eight final appearance of her career. Keys has won 10 of her last 12 matches on outdoor hard court.
Monica Puig is coming off a straight sets win over Danielle Rose Collins that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Puig won 62 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Puig won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 14 break points. Puig was very consistent with her serve and even sprinkled in five aces. After having serious issues with finishing matches and coming up short, this is a very different Puig we’re seeing, as the confidence seems to be building. Puig honestly hasn’t looked this good since winning gold in the olympics, and we’ll see how long it continues. Puig hopes to make her first final appearance since the 2017 Luxembourg Open and the fifth final appearance of her career. Puig has matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have split the previous four matches, with Keys winning the most recent match in the 2016 French Open. Puig hasn’t beaten Keys since Strasbourg of 2014. Puig is 2-1 against Keys on clay, and all four matches overall were decided in straight sets.
Puig is playing well and is always a play to watch when she has that pep in her step. Consistency has been an issue obviously, but Puig is a player who can rattle off many deep tournaments when she’s feeling her game. The issue here is that Keys has the clear power edge and can take the racket out of Puig’s hands on many points. As long as Keys controls her unforced errors, she should probably win this tournament.
Close, fun match, but Keys should reach the final.