Puerto Rican teenager Monica Puig has advanced to the third round of the 2013 Wimbledon tournament by defeating Spanish player Silvia Soler-Espinosa in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
Playing against the more experienced Soler-Espinosa, Puig cruised through the first set, breaking her opponent’s serve twice and never coming under pressure on her serve.
Soler-Espinosa fought back hard during the second set, finally succeeding in breaking Puig’s serve at 6-5 to take the second set. Faced with the reality of having to play a third set, Puig took control of the set and the match from the early games, breaking Soler-Espinosa for a 3-1 lead. Gaining in confidence and control and up a break, Puig played with assurance, committing few unforced errors and serving with accuracy and speed.
Next she plays Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic, who defeated Lesie Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-3, 6-4. Birnerova, an experienced doubles player, is currently ranked 152 in singles and has never moved beyond the second round at Wimbledon. Puig, although quite inexperience at this level of play in the majors, is playing well and has a reasonable expectation of moving beyond to the fourth round.