3
0
0

Puig Makes First WTA Final

Puerto Rican No.1 Monica Puig will take on fellow first-time WTA finalist Sílvia Soler-Espinosa in the Internationaux de Strasbourg final.

Published May 23, 2014 12:13

Puig Makes First WTA Final
Monica Puig

STRASBOURG, France - In a showdown featuring two of the WTA's rising stars, 20-year-old Monica Puig beat 19-year-old Madison Keys for a spot in the Internationaux de Strasbourg final.

Watch live action from Strasbourg this week on WTA Live powered by TennisTV!

Competing in her first WTA semifinal on Friday, Puig won four straight games down a break at 3-2 in the second set for a 7-5, 6-3 triumph - her eighth over a Top 50 player.

"It was a really tough match against Madison," Puig said. "I have a lot of respect for her. She's one of the up-and-comers, like me and a bunch of other girls. She's really aggressive and is always going for her shots. She has a really amazing serve. It was very tricky.

"I knew I had to grab the opportunity. If not, it would be gone and lost forever. It's happened on other occasions where I haven't taken advantage. I knew once I had it in my hands, I couldn't afford to let it go. I'm really happy with the way I fought and was able to put negative moments behind me and focus on what I had to do next."

Yet to drop a set this week, Puig will square off with Sílvia Soler-Espinosa on Saturday.

"One of my goals is to win a WTA event," Puig said. "I'm really close to it. It has been a difficult beginning to the year. To see how I've progressed in Rome last week and how I'm playing this week is just amazing. I'm really happy with the work I've been doing with my new coach, and I can see that the results are starting to pay off already."

Spanish qualifier Soler-Espinosa rallied from a set and 5-3 down for a 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-3 victory over Christina McHale. Not only that, but she had a match point against her at 6-5 in the second set and was down 5-1 in the second set tie-break. The second set alone lasted an hour and 18 minutes and the match ran two hours and 46 minutes. Like Puig, this will be Soler-Espinosa's first WTA final, and she will be Strasbourg's first qualifier in the final since Karolina Sprem in 2003.

"I've been fighting for this moment for 26 years," Soler-Espinosa said. "I'm really happy and excited." 

In Puig and Soler-Espinosa's one previous encounter, Puig was a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 winner in the second round of Wimbledon last year.

The doubles final will see second-seeded Australians and three-time Grand Slam runners-up Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua take on Tatiana Bua and Daniela Seguel.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Montréal Monday: Early Tests

    July 25, 2016
    Magda Linette gave Venus Williams a scare last week in Stanford. Fresh from a confidence-boosting win in qualifying can she cause 2012 champion Petra Kvitova problems in Montréal.
  • Coaches View: Konta's Big Serving Day

    July 25, 2016
    Johanna Konta served her way to a maiden WTA title at the Bank of the West Classic; SAP Tennis Analytics for Coaches shows how the Brit's delivery helped clinch her big win.
  • Konta Conquers Venus For First Title

    July 24, 2016
    Johanna Konta's career year continued in Stanford, where the British No.1 captured her maiden WTA title with a three-set win over Venus Williams at the Bank of the West Classic.
To The Top
3