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19-year-old Monica Puig storms into the fourth round of Wimbledon

The world #65 held her nerves to overcome Eva Birnerová in three sets.
Tennis Stories  29 Jun 2013 - 18:59 / by Vishal Gajaria / reads 9077.
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Monica Puig

Monica Puig of Puerto Rico continued her dream run, as she advanced to the fourth round of the Wimbledon Chmapionships 2013, after defeating Czech Republic's Eva Birnerová 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 , in a grueling three-setter.

The first set was domintaed by the 28-year-old Czech, who won 79% of the first-serve points and converted 2/4 break points, to grab the opening set 6-4, in 51 minutes.

Puig, who reached the third round of the Roland Garros earlier this year, came back strong to bag the second set 6-3, in 42 minutes. 

After the match being thrown into the decider, both the opponents looked firm on their serve. However, Puig produced some sensational shots in the middle, which helped her steal a break, and eventually went on to take the third set 6-4 in 42 minutes, and ultimately booked herself a spot in the fourth round.

Monica Puig next faces American Sloane Stephens, seeded seventeenth for the tournament.




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The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.

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