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Monica Puig Reveals Personal Struggles After 2019 Season Ends In Luxembourg

Monica Puig opens up about her personal struggles in 2019 after finishing her 2019 season in Luxembourg.

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Monica Puig has reflected on her personal struggles after her 2019 season came to an end in Luxembourg. 

 

The Puerto Rican has had a nightmare season having lost 24 of the 44 matches played in 2019, with her best result seeing her reach the semi-finals in Charleston.

A 24th and final loss of 2019 came yesterday when she lost to Julia Goerges 1-6 6-2 6-3 in the quarter-finals in Luxembourg.

Not only has there been struggles on the court for Puig but off the court as well having split up with Kamau Murray just days before the US Open after the American re-joined Sloane Stephens.

Now Puig is working with former coach of Daria Kasatkina, Phillipe Dehaes, after partnering up with Murray since the start of the year.

After finishing her season, Puig took to Instagram to reflect on her personal struggles which included a stunning admission that she struggled out of bed sometimes, “Taking the time to reflect on this 2019 season definitely hurts because there has been so much struggle and tough moments,” Puig admitted.

“Sometimes I didn’t know how I was going to manage to stay strong another day. I hit my ‘rock bottom’ and sometimes even getting out of bed was a challenge. 

“However, in my darkest of moments, a voice inside of me told me to keep going and to keep believing, because something good was waiting for me at the end of this pain and struggle, and for that I couldn’t be more proud of my courage and fight.”

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Taking the time to reflect on this 2019 season definitely hurts because there has been so much struggle and tough moments, that sometimes I didn’t even know how I was going to manage to stay strong another day. I hit my “rock bottom” and sometimes even getting out of bed was a challenge. However, in my darkest of moments, a voice inside of me told me to keep going and to keep believing, because something good was waiting for me at the end of this pain and struggle, and for that I couldn’t be more proud of my courage and fight. Thankfully, I believe I reached the light at the end of the tunnel 5 weeks ago when I changed my team and was given a new beginning. The people who have surrounded me in these tough times have undoubtedly helped me rise from the ashes and dust myself off to keep going and reach for my dreams and I am so thankful to have such amazing people in my corner that have helped me get back on my feet again. While 2019 is a year I want to forget, I will be able to leave with one very important message and memory, and that is this… “There is always a light at the end of every tunnel for those who believe. Hard work, perseverance, kindness, and respect will ALWAYS be repaid sooner or later. While things sometimes seem to be going in a downward spiral, if you just hold on a little longer, if you endure a little more, if you keep fighting for your dreams, no matter what they are, they will happen because the more courageous you are, the more power you possess.” Thank you to my team — Marijn, Philippe, Claudio, Theo, my family, my friends, and my sponsors for their never ending support, patience, compassion, and dedication. I don’t know where I would be right now if it wasn’t for you all. Thank you a million times over. Another huge thank you to all the people who have supported me and cheered for me throughout the years. It’s because of you all that I can keep going. Simply, thank you. Now, its time to re-charge the batteries for the 2020 (Olympic) season. Although I cannot wait to get pre-season training started, rest and recovery is very important and some time off will do a world of good, so cheers to that. All my love, Monica ❤️

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Despite the struggles for Puig, she now believes it is the end of her personal nightmare as she looks to rebuild in 2020, “Thankfully, I believe I reached the light at the end of the tunnel 5 weeks ago when I changed my team and was given a new beginning,” Puig explained in a lengthy statement.

“The people who have surrounded me in these tough times have undoubtedly helped me rise from the ashes and dust myself off to keep going and reach for my dreams and I am so thankful to have such amazing people in my corner that have helped me get back on my feet again.”

Having dropped 31 places in the world rankings since the start of the year, Puig will now look to rebuild ahead of a crucial year which includes defending her Olympic title.

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Coach Of Dayana Yastremska Blasts Wozniacki’s Claim Of Fake Medical Timeout At Australian Open

One of the rising stars of the women’s tour is facing allegations of poor sportsmanship.

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The chief coach of Dayana Yastremska has insisted that the world No.21 had been suffering from a problem with her leg after it was alleged that she deliberate called a medical time out to disrupt her opponent’s momentum.

 

The 23rd seed crashed out of the Australian Open in straight sets on Wednesday to Caroline Wozniacki. Despite having a double break advantage during both of those sets. Towards the end of the match, proceedings were halted when Yastremska sought medical assistance. She called for a trainer whilst trailing 5-7, 4-5. Prompting the former world No.1 to question her motives on the court.

“Obviously she tried to break my rhythm. And at 5-4 I don’t think there is anything wrong. She was running just fine. So that’s a trick that she’s done before, and I knew that it was coming.” Wozniacki commented during her press conference.
“But I was just trying to stay focused. I had match point. I had chances. I didn’t take them. Some of them she played well; some of them I played too passively.’
“In the end I just tried to keep focusing, just keep grinding, keep hanging in there. And I finally made it at 6-5 for me, and that was a nice relief.”

Despite the timeout, it had little impact on the outcome. With the soon-to-be-retired Wozniacki prevailing 7-5, 7-5. A case of sweet revenge for the Dane who lost to Yastremska last year in Cincinnati.

The allegations made against the 19-year-old has prompted a furious response from her coach Sascha Bajin on social media. Bajin is best known for previously guiding Naomi Osaka to both of her grand slam titles and has also previously worked with Kristina Mladenovic.

“Just to shut some people up and end this useless convo. Dayana was really struggling since days with her leg, but since y’all are all doctors and coaches you know better then she herself or our whole team who’s working with her.” He wrote on Twitter.

Historically, Yastremska does have a history of taking late media timeouts during matches. In the final of the Thailand Open last year, she requested a break whilst down 2-5 in the final set of the title match. Upon resumption, she went on to win the title. Meanwhile, Kiki Bertens also previously cast shade on her rival.

“Well, I played her three times and three times it happened, so that’s my answer,” The Dutch player said earlier this month during the Brisbane International.

Yastremska have won three WTA titles so far in her career with two of those triumphs occurring last year. It is the first time she has failed to win back-to-back matches at a grand slam since the French Open.

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Coco Gauff Undeterred By Mouthwatering Australian Open Showdown With Osaka

The rising star looks ahead to her clash with the world No.4.

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Teenage sensation Coco Gauff says she has nothing to lose in her upcoming clash with Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open.

 

Gauff, who is the youngest player in this year’s draw at the age of 15, battled into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Taking on Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, the American prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, after more than two hours of play. Coming back from a 0-3 deficit in the deciding set to progress into the last 32 of the tournament on her debut. Gauff has now won six main draw grand slam matches before her 16th birthday.

“I think I was just trying to stay calm mostly and stay positive. I’ve always believed that I can come back regardless of the score.” She commented about her latest win.
“The whole match I knew I needed to be more aggressive. I guess I finally decided to do that even though I wish I decided earlier.’
“I think I kind of felt the momentum changing. I knew I had to keep pressing.”

Tipped to be a future star of the women’s game, Gauff achieved another record with her latest win. She is the first female American player to reach the third round of her first three grand slam tournaments in 30 years. A fete that wasn’t even achieved by the formidable Williams sisters.

The reward for the youngster is a second meeting with two-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka, who won the Australian Open title 12 months ago. They first clashed at the US Open last September with the Japanese player dropping only three games against Gauff.

Despite being the underdog in the upcoming match, Gauff has vowed to give it her all. Now familiar with Osaka’s game on the court, the world No.67 believes she will be ‘less nervous’ during their next meeting.

“I think in general my mindset has always been nothing to lose really. Even when in juniors, even though I was ranked pretty high in juniors, I was technically supposed to win. Then I still felt like I had nothing to lose.” She explained.
“I still feel that now. I think my mindset just is I’m going to fight. If I lose, the world is not going to end. I’m going to have another match in maybe a week or so.’
“I think it’s just less pressure to win. I feel like for me, I’m not trying to win so much, but trying to play my best tennis on the court. Winning comes with that if I play good.”

Reflecting on their previous encounter, Gauff paid tribute to her rival. Who consoled her tearful opponent on the court following their match at the Arthur Ashe stadium. A gestured hailed by the teenager as ‘true sportsmanship.’

“I think that’s something if I had a child or something, that’s something I would want my child to see.” She said.
“It just shows what being a competitor really is. You might hate the person on the court, but off the court you love them, not really like hate. But you want to win.’
“Sometimes when we’re on the court, we say things we don’t mean because we have that mentality.”

Gauff will play Osaka on Friday. Osaka beat China’s Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-4, in her second round match earlier in the day.

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Julia Goerges Knocks Out 13th Seed Petra Martic At Australian Open 2020

Petra Martic became only the second WTA top 20 player to be knocked out of the 2020 Australian Open when she lost a tough three-set match to Julia Goerges.

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If Petra Martic looked at the 2020 Australian Open draw and felt a sense of dread when she saw that she would probably face Julia Goerges in the second round, that would be entirely understandable.

 

The German, 31, is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous unseeded players at Melbourne Park this year. She possesses a huge serve and a brutal forehand. She has won seven WTA titles, appeared in ten other finals, and was once ranked World No.9. And she was seeded the last two times she participated in the first Grand Slam of the year.

To make matters worse for Martic, Goerges beat her in straight sets just seven months ago when then played at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham.

When you add all these ingredients together, you get the perfect recipe for an early exit from the 13th seed.

Ultimately, that is exactly what happened. But you would not have guessed it was going to during the first set, as Goerges made way too many unforced errors against a player as consistent as Martic.

Consequently, the German lost it 6-4. There was only one break of serve, but it came at a crucial time – the ninth game – and the Croatian then held easily to clinch the set.

Goerges keeps the faith

Despite this setback, Goerges never lost faith in her approach. She continued to attack – as she always does – but she also managed to cut down on the number of errors she made.

Unsurprisingly, this improvement yielded positive results for the 2018 Wimbledon semi-finalist. She hit eight winners (and made just five unforced errors) as she opened a 5-2 lead.

However, Goerges almost wasted her hard work. She made two unforced errors when she was serving for the set at 5-3 and suddenly found herself facing three break points. Fortunately for the German, she produced one winner and Martic made two errors to bring the score back to deuce. Then Goerges won the next two points to seal the set.

The third set was a strange affair. The German looked in control when she broke early and established a 4-2 lead.

However, she played an awful service game to allow the Croatian to break back and level the score at 4-4. Then she failed to convert two break points in the next game and Martic capitalised to move ahead.

To her great credit, Goerges remained resolute. She battled to a hold. Then she hit some sparkling winners and outlasted the 13th seed in a few long rallies to get the decisive break in game eleven. Finally, she hit three superb winners as she held to love to complete a hard-fought triumph.

Osaka glides into round three

Naomi Osaka continued her serene progress through the draw with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Zheng Saisai in the Margaret Court Arena.

Although she will be happy with the win, the defending champion will be keen to serve better in the next round. She was broken three times by the Chinese player and only won 57% of all the points played on her serve.

Osaka could face Coco Gauff in the last 32 for the second Grand Slam in a row. The American sensation takes on Sorana Cirstea in the second round later today.

Elsewhere in Melbourne, Sofia Kenin became the first player to make it through to the third round. She completed a 6-1 6-3 thrashing of American youngster Ann Li in just 57 minutes.

The 14th seed will now line up against Zhang Shuai in the third round. The experienced Chinese player beat American qualifier Catherine McNally 6-2 6-4.

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