Sofia Kenin vs. Monica Puig
|Date & Time||Friday September 14, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Monica Puig and Sofia Kenin meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Coupe Banque Nationale.
Monica Puig is coming off a straight sets win over Madison Brengle that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Puig won 64 percent of her first serve points and 35 percent of her second serve points. Puig made a big comeback in the first set and won the first three games of the second set before the American retired. Overall, Puig won 56 percent of her total service points and produced four breaks on seven break points. Puig is easily playing the best tennis of the year and has to feel she has a shot at a title based on this watered down field. Puig will have to clean up the unforced errors and her second serve, but the shotmaking ability has returned recently and she’s been more aggressive. Clean up the silly mistakes and Puig has a chance to make her first final run in almost a year. Puig has won six of her last seven matches on indoor hard court.
Sofia Kenin is coming off a straight sets win over Francoise Abanda that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Kenin won 71 percent of her first serve points and 41 percent of her second serve points. Kenin won 63 percent of her total service points and converted four of her seven break points. Kenin got 71 percent of her first serves in play, and if that’s something that can continue, she has a real chance to make a run for this title. Kenin hasn’t dropped a set this tournament and has won five of her last seven matches overall when you include qualifying. It’s quite clear that Kenin’s success in the US Open has done wonders for her confidence, as she’s no longer the player who was riding a five-match losing streak a few months ago. Kenin is a 19-year-old to keep an eye on heading into next year. Kenin has won three of her last four matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Kenin is more than capable of winning this match given her current form and the way she’s improved her serve the last couple of performances. The problem is Puig has also been a better version of herself recently and has the advantage of an extra day of rest. Puig and her return ability should be the difference here.
I like Puig to advance to the semifinals.