Puig Fights Back to Overcome Kasatkina, Makes Doha Semifinal
Published February 17, 2017 12:13
DOHA, Qatar - Monica Puig advanced to her first semifinal since her historic gold medal run at the Rio Olympics last summer after fighting back to beat Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 at the Qatar Total Open.
"At our match in Indian Wells I also had match points and lost the match but against her it's always going to be tough," she said after the match. "We're both up and coming and she's such a great player so it was a good match and I loved the fight out there."
With the match locked at a set apiece when the players were finally called off court due to rain on Thursday, Kasatkina came out of the blocks quickly, converting her fourth break point to move 3-2 ahead.
Puig saved two further break points in her next service game to keep her hopes alive before breaking back to level the match at 4-4.
A wayward stroke from Kasatkina, serving at 4-5, handed the 23-year-old a stunning comeback victory.
Victory for the Puerto Rican means she now faces either Caroline Wozniacki or Lauren Davis for a place in the final later on today. Her run in Doha already marks her best of the season so far, having suffered back-to-back exits at Brisbane before making the second round of the Australian Open, losing to Mona Barthel.