🇦🇺 Australian Open, R1 Prediction
🇵🇷 Monica Puig vs. 🇷🇺 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Almost anything could happen when Monica Puig and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova go head-to-head at the opening round stage of the Australian Open on Monday. Puig and Pavlyuchenkova are two of the most inconsistent players on tour but at their best both can produce devastatingly good tennis. This could be close or one-sided either way.
This is tough to call but I’m going to side with Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian is good at raising her level for these big events, she has reached the quarter-finals at all 4 Grand Slams and generally plays well in Melbourne. Conversely Puig has a poor record at Grand Slam events and has seemingly struggled with the added pressure at these events. Pavlyuchenkova’s base level is higher than Puig’s and the Russian has a slightly more steady and versatile game, overall it seems Pavlyuchenkova has the edge.