February 28, 2017
No. 4 seed Monica Puig will take on wild card Daniela Hantuchova after defeating Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the Acapulco Open.
“I’m very happy about my win. It was a demanding match, we both played very good tennis so the greater reason for me to feel happy about my victory”, expressed Monica. Going up an early break during the second set, Puig felt some pressure building up and faltered trying to serve out the match. Schiavone (156 WTA) played her best and worked a strong backhand that kept Monica on edge but wasn’t enough to take the win.
The deciding tiebreak was just as close as the first two sets, with Puig grabbing the lone mini-break to take the match in straight sets after an hour and forty-seven minutes.
This is Puig’s second victory over Schiavone, the first took place in Estoril 2013.
Slovak player Daniela Hantuchova defeated Belgium player Yanina Wickmayer with sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Exploiting the her position as wild card, Hantuchova will fight the second round against Puig.
Madison Brengle edged German player Annika Beck 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a duel that lasted 2:11 hrs.