Pointed as one of the most talented players of her generation, Monica Puig is finally living up to the expectations, with the former junior world no.2 reaching the Olympic Tournament Final. Known for her aggressive baseline game, Monica is able to produce an outstanding level of tennis however, she’s also known for struggling to perform at a consistent level. Looking now to Puig’s path on this event, the Puerto Rican reaches this stage of the competition after defeating high quality players such as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova.
After winning her first Grand Slam title earlier this year in Melbourne, Angelique Kerber is now just one win away from her first Olympic title. The slower game conditions in Rio de Janeiro clearly suit Kerber’s defensive game, with the German reaching this final without dropping a single set. Looking now to Angelique’s numbers on her semifinals match against Madison Keys, the highlight clearly goes to her mental strength, with Kerber saving all the 10 break points that she faced throughout that match.
These two players will face each other for the third time on their careers, with Kerber winning their previous two encounters.
Even though Puig’s outstanding run on this event, Kerber should be too solid for the Puerto Rican. As we mentioned before, Puig is known for her inconsistency and against such a great defender as Kerber, it should be even harder for Monica to maintain a consistent level. Due to Angelique’s lower betting odds on the money line, our suggestion is for you to add her spread to your betting picks, in a match where Angelique should get the job done in straight sets and leave Rio de Janeiro with the Gold Medal.
Free Tennis Pick: Angelique Kerber -4.5 (-110)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle
Record: 29-13-2 +15.12