Puig Pulls Off Errani Upset
Published May 16, 2016 12:14
Puig had never lost to the 2012 French Open finalist in their two previous encounters, and though their first match-up on clay looked to give the Italian an advantage, the ultimate result wasn't any different as the Puerto Rican star and 2014 champion hit six aces en route to a one hour and 45 minute victory.
"I'm really pleased to get the win here in Strasbourg, and it's nice coming back as a former Champion," she said after the match. "Errani is a really tough competitor, and after the first set, my head could have gone down, but I kept fighting and was really pleased with the victory, especially the third set score."
For Errani, it marks the end of a difficult red clay swing; after a promising start and a run to the semifinals of the Volvo Car Open, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship winner went 0-3 in Madrid, Rome, and Strasbourg.
"I tried my best today but sometimes it just doesn't go your way," Errani said. "I felt strong after the first set but my game was a little off and I found the conditions tough.
"There was a time in the second set when it went 4-2 and I knew I was struggling. Then the third set happened. It's never nice to go out in the first round but that's tennis."
Undaunted, the No.1 seed tried to find a silver lining in her early defeat.
"I haven't had time to see the city yet but maybe before I go to Paris."
Earlier in the day, No.3 seed Samantha Stosur continued her successful clay court season with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over American qualifier Lauren Davis, while No.8 seed Timea Babos went through Olga Govortsova 6-4, 6-1. No.10 seed Caroline Garcia was imperious in a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kirsten Flipkens, while qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni won a see-sawing 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 match against Qiang Wang.