Puerto Rican tennis player Monica Puig beat Germany’s Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-5 to secure her spot in the third round of the French Open tournament at Roland Garros, Paris. Puig, ranked 53 in the world, defeated 57-ranked Goerges in a very competitive match that produced only a two service breaks. Puig had reached the second round by beating Olga Govortsova of Belarus 7-5, 6-3 in the first round. She is now one of only thirty-two players left in the women’s draw.
Otherwise, it was a tough day for players with Caribbean roots at he tournament. The Dominican Republic’s Víctor Estrella Burgos fell to Spain’s Feliciano López 6-3, 7-6 (10), 6-3, . Christina McHale, a Cuban-American, lost in the first round to France’s Myrtille Georges 6-7 (9), 6-0,6-3. Jamaican-German Dustin Brown also lost in the first round, 6-3, 7-6 (7), 6-2, to American Jack Sock. Ecuador-born Irina Falconi fell to France’s Pauline Parmentier 6-3, 6-1.
Next for Puig is a match with USA’s Madison Keys, ranked 17 in the world and one of the favorites to reach the quarterfinals. Puig holds a 2-1 edge in matches against Keys (reason to hope) and eliminated Keys in Paris three years ago, but is currently ranked 53rd, 36 spots below the American. It will be a tough match as Puig is coming off a three set win over Goerges that took 37 games to decide. In the victory, Puig won 78 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points and has combined for 62 winners in this tournament. She has won an extremely high percentage of points when she gets her first serve in play. Puig has done a good job of keeping her unforced errors down and has shown how good she can be, but she must be more consistent with her service game in order to advance.
Puig hopes to make her second grand slam fourth round of her career and first since the 2013 Wimbledon.