Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig advances in Brazil

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Third-seeded Monica Puig of Puerto Rico advanced to the semifinals of the Brasil Tennis Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over 18-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan on Wednesday in Florianopolis, Brazil, UPI reports.

Two other seeded players also won. Sixth-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary defeated fourth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and second-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania beat seventh-seeded Nao Hibino of Japan 6-2, 6-4.

Joining Begu in the semis is countrywoman Ana Bogdan, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine.

Puig lost her serve in the opening game against Osaka but broke back to lead 3-1 and then went on to claim the victory in one hour and 15 minutes.

“She started off very strong,” Puig said. “I just tried to keep myself there in the match the whole time. I served really well and played well on the long points, too.”

Puig will face Begu in the semifinals, and Babos will play Bogdan.

 

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