Caroline Wozniacki vs. Monica Puig
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 25, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Monica Puig and Caroline Wozniacki meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis Wuhan Open.
Monica Puig is coming off a straight sets win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Puig won 74 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Puig won 67 percent of her total service points and saved three of her four break points. Puig was much more consistent with her serve, which has been an issue for her struggles as of late. When Puig is hitting the ball with great pace and not being an unforced error machine who has no confidence, she’s shown she can play with high quality players on the big stage. Puig has five career wins over top-10 players, and two of those victories have taken place this year. Puig has won four straight matches on hard court.
Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a straight sets win over Rebecca Peterson that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 76 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki won 68 percent of her total service points and saved one of her two break points. Wozniacki entered this tournament losing five of her last six matches and making a higher number of unforced errors than we’re used to seeing. It was nice to see Wozniacki find her serve again and play the clean tennis we’re used to seeing over the years. Wozniacki now hopes to win two matches in a single tournament for the first time since winning the title in Eastbourne. Wozniacki has lost three of her last five matches on hard court.
These two have played five times and Wozniacki has won three of those matches. The most recent meeting was in this years Miami Open, a match Puig won in three sets. Wozniacki is 3-1 against Puig on hard court. Four of the five matches between Puig and Wozniacki have gone three sets.
This match comes down to which player is going to show up for either side. Is Wozniacki back to playing clean tennis and serving better than average? Can Puig hit winners and control points with confidence? There’s questions for both sides and the matches between these players have been tight. If forced to pick, I’d side with Wozniacki, as she’s had less ups and down over the course of her career and is easier to trust. Wozniacki has also beaten Puig on three of the four meetings on hard court.
So, Wozniacki is the safer bet.