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MONICA PUIG MARCHáN (born September 27, 1993) is a Puerto Rican tennis player and the reigning Olympic champion. She is also a Central American and Caribbean champion and Pan American silver medalist.

Having turned professional in 2010, Puig has won one WTA singles title and six ITF singles titles. On 26 September 2016, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 27. On 25 May 2015, she peaked at world No. 210 in the doubles rankings.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics , Puig created history by becoming the first Puerto Rican athlete to win the gold medal and the ninth overall medalist for that delegation. With the feat, she also became the first Latin American champion in the women's singles discipline, and is the only unseeded female player to win the gold medal since the reintroduction of tennis in 1988.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Tennis
Tennis
career

* 2.1 Junior career * 2.2 2011: Junior Slam finals in Melbourne and Roland Garros * 2.3 2012: Reaching the top 200 * 2.4 2013: Entering the top 100 * 2.5 2014: First WTA title, high ranking of No. 41 * 2.6 2015: Lesser results, still in top 100 * 2.7 2016: Breakthrough and Olympic Gold Medal * 2.8 2017: Loss of form

* 3 Significant finals

* 3.1 Olympic finals

* 3.1.1 Singles: 1 (1 gold medal)

* 4 Career statistics

* 4.1 Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

* 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

EARLY LIFE

Monica Puig
Monica Puig
Marchán was born 27 September 1993 in Hato Rey , Puerto Rico to a Cuban American father, José Puig, and a Puerto Rican mother, Astrid Marchán. Puig stated her grandparents are Catalan . She has a brother named Ricardo "Ricky" Puig.

TENNIS CAREER

JUNIOR CAREER

In 2007, she entered her first tournament at the Prince Cup, but withdrew from the qualifying draw.

In 2008, she started the season with a surprise run to the final of the Costa Rica Bowl (Grade 3) as a qualifier losing in straight sets to Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard
. She continued her good form, winning two out of three tournaments. Puig continued good results in small Grade-3 and 4 tournaments. In her first Grade-1 tournament in Lexington , she defeated Charlotte Calhoun before going out to Lauren Embree . She continued to participate in bigger tournaments, though not with as much success as she had in the smaller ones.

Puig had her breakthrough season in 2009; she started doing much better in the bigger tournaments. She reached her first Grade-1 final in Casablanca
Casablanca
, losing to Mai Grage of Denmark. She continued playing consistently, highlights of the latter months of the year included a semifinal appearance at a Grade B1 tournament in Tulsa, losing to Bouchard in three sets. In her next tournament, she won the doubles title.

In 2010, she continued her successes at a higher level. Puig started the year reaching the final of the 32nd International Casablanca Junior Cup (Grade A), falling easily to Sachie Ishizu of Japan. She then reached another final a week later at the Coffee Bowl (Grade 1) losing to An-Sophie Mestach
An-Sophie Mestach
of Belgium in straights. Puig followed that up with a semifinal appearance at a Grade-1 tournament in Barranquilla
Barranquilla
. Consistent results followed, before a huge Grade A title at the 27th Copa Gerdau, defeating Jessica Pegula
Jessica Pegula
in the final. After a semifinal appearance at another Grade-A calibre tournament, she fell in the quarterfinals of the French Open
French Open
. After that, she failed to advance past the quarterfinals of any of her tournaments until the 2010 US Open – girls\' singles , where she lost to Yulia Putintseva . Puig finished the season with a flourish, falling in the quarters of Osaka
Osaka
(Grade A), the final of Mérida (Grade 1) and the semis of Key Biscayne
Key Biscayne
(Grade A), both to Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis
.

In July, Puig won the gold medal in the women's tennis singles event at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games . She was the second seed in the singles event at the Youth Olympics in Singapore
Singapore
, but lost in the first round to Zheng Saisai
Zheng Saisai
of China
China
in straight sets.

2011: JUNIOR SLAM FINALS IN MELBOURNE AND ROLAND GARROS

In January, Puig won the Loy Yang Traralgon International defeating Yulia Putintseva of Russia. Puig was also in the juniors event of the Australian Open
Australian Open
. She qualified for the final but lost to Belgian An-Sophie Mestach
An-Sophie Mestach
. On February 20, 2011 Puig won the singles title in Surprise, Arizona
Surprise, Arizona
(ITF) defeating Slovak Lenka Wienerová in straight sets.

Puig received a wildcard into the qualifying draw of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. She defeated Anne Keothavong
Anne Keothavong
in the first round but was then knocked out by Sorana Cîrstea
Sorana Cîrstea
in three sets.

In the juniors event of the French Open
French Open
, she also qualified for the final but lost to Tunisian Ons Jabeur .

Puig won the silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games
Pan American Games
after defeating Christina McHale
Christina McHale
of the United States
United States
to advance to the gold medal round. She lost to Irina Falconi
Irina Falconi
of the United States
United States
in the final.

2012: REACHING THE TOP 200

In January 2012, Puig entered the WTA tour's ASB Classic in Auckland, ranked 213 in the world. She won the first and second round of qualifying matches, but lost in the last round to the No. 145 in the world, Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
. On 16 January Puig entered the Australian Open
Australian Open
qualifying draw ranked 209. She lost in the second round to Kirsten Flipkens
Kirsten Flipkens
. On January 23, Puig entered the $25,000 Andrézieux-Bouthéon
Andrézieux-Bouthéon
ITF tournament as a qualifier. She won two qualifying matches and was able to play in the main draw, but lost in the first round to Magda Linette
Magda Linette
of Poland.

In the following month, Puig played on the qualifying draw of two WTA Tour events, Bogotá
Bogotá
and Monterrey
Monterrey
, without being able to get past the first round of the main draw. She received a wild card to play in the 2012 Indian Wells Masters
Indian Wells Masters
qualifying draw, but, in the second round, lost to world No. 66, Eleni Daniilidou
Eleni Daniilidou
. Puig's first 2012 breakthrough came when she reached the final of the Poza Rica
Poza Rica
$25,000 ITF tournament unseeded. The last two matches prior to the final included wins against tournament seeds numbers four and one, although she lost to second seed Yaroslava Shvedova
Yaroslava Shvedova
.

The second breakthrough of 2012 occurred when she won the first ITF $50,000 tournament of her career at Joué-lès-Tours , France. She opened the first round by eliminating the number one seed and world ranked 87, Alexandra Panova . In the semifinals, Puig defeated An-Sophie Mestach
An-Sophie Mestach
, the same opponent to whom she lost in the 2011 Australian Open
Australian Open
junior final.

2013: ENTERING THE TOP 100

Puig at the 2013 US Open

Puig reached her first WTA main draw quarterfinal at the Portugal Open , competing as a lucky loser . She defeated 8th seed and former top-15 player Julia Görges
Julia Görges
in round one before beating former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone
Francesca Schiavone
in the second round. She lost in the quarterfinals to fourth seed Carla Suárez Navarro
Carla Suárez Navarro
of Spain. At the French Open
French Open
, Puig had the most remarkable win of her career to date when she defeated world No. 11, Nadia Petrova
Nadia Petrova
, in three sets. At Wimbledon , she beat world No. 5 and fifth seed Sara Errani
Sara Errani
in the first round, then defeated Silvia Soler Espinosa in three sets in the second round and Eva Birnerová
Eva Birnerová
in three sets in round three before losing to Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
in the fourth round. She was ranked world No. 56 at the end of the year.

2014: FIRST WTA TITLE, HIGH RANKING OF NO. 41

Puig at the 2015 Aegon International in Eastbourne

In May, she played and won her first WTA final in Strasbourg , defeating Sílvia Soler Espinosa . This success took her to her highest WTA ranking 41st.

In October 2014, Puig won first place at the WTA Rising Stars Invitational in Singapore
Singapore
. Puig defeated Zheng Saisai
Zheng Saisai
in two sets. At the end of the year, she was world No. 59.

In this same year, she also won the gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz
Veracruz
, Mexico
Mexico
representing Puerto Rico .

2015: LESSER RESULTS, STILL IN TOP 100

Puig's best performances in 2015 was the semifinals in Pattaya . She also made the quarterfinals in Acapulco , after defeating Sara Errani , world No. 12 at the moment. Another important victory in Guangzhou against world No. 17 Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic
. Puig ended the season ranked world No. 92.

2016: BREAKTHROUGH AND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL

Puig started her 2016 season strongly in Sydney . As a qualifier she went on to defeat Magdaléna Rybáriková
Magdaléna Rybáriková
, Anna Karolína Schmiedlová , Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
, and Belinda Bencic
Belinda Bencic
before losing in her second WTA final to Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
.

At the Australian Open
Australian Open
, she reached the third round, defeating Magda Linette and Kristýna Plíšková before losing to the fourth seed Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
. At the French Open
French Open
, she repeated her Australian Open
Australian Open
success to reach the third round, defeating Olga Govortsova and Julia Görges
Julia Görges
, before losing to the fifteenth seed Madison Keys
Madison Keys
. In the Aegon International , Puig progressed as far as to the semifinals after beating Kristina Mladenovic
Kristina Mladenovic
. Weeks later, she progressed on Wimbledon and faced home player Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta
in the first round, in which Puig lost to Konta in two sets.

At the Olympic Games
Olympic Games
in Rio de Janeiro , Puig won the women\'s singles gold medal by defeating Polona Hercog , Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova , Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
, Laura Siegemund
Laura Siegemund
, Petra Kvitová , and finally Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
. Puig became the second unseeded player to win a medal at the Olympics after Alicia Molik
Alicia Molik
won bronze in Athens and the first athlete representing Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
to win a gold medal in any sport. In Puerto Rico's Olympic history, Puig is the ninth sportsperson and the first sportswoman to win an Olympic medal. Puig is the first Latin American representative to win the gold medal in singles and the second to win a medal after Gabriela Sabatini
Gabriela Sabatini
won silver at the 1988 Summer Olympics
1988 Summer Olympics
. In November, Puig was presented the award for Best Female Athlete in Rio 2016 presented by the Association of National Olympic Committees
Association of National Olympic Committees
(ANOC).

She was not originally seeded at the US Open , but after a sudden withdrawal of seeded Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
before the tournament began, Puig became the 32nd seed. She faced China
China
's Saisai Zheng in the first round, but lost in two sets. She also played doubles with Colombia
Colombia
's Mariana Duque-Mariño but lost to United States
United States
' Nicole Gibbs
Nicole Gibbs
and Japan
Japan
's Nao Hibino .

2017: LOSS OF FORM

Despite concluding her 2016 season with a career best year-end ranking of 32, Puig was unable to replicate her success throughout 2017 and fell out of the top 50 on 12 June. By losing in three sets to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
in the first round of the US Open , Puig concluded her 2017 season without advancing past the second round of any Grand Slam or WTA Premier Mandatory tournament.

SIGNIFICANT FINALS

OLYMPIC FINALS

Singles: 1 (1 Gold Medal)

RESULT YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE OPPONENT SCORE

Gold 2016 Summer Olympics Hard Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
6–4, 4–6, 6–1

CAREER STATISTICS

Main article: Monica Puig career statistics

GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE TIMELINE

KEY W F SF QF #R RR Q# A NH

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

TOURNAMENT 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L WIN %

Australian Open
Australian Open
Q2 Q1 2R 2R 3R 2R 0 / 4 5–4 55%

French Open
French Open
Q3 3R 1R 1R 3R 2R 0 / 5 5–5 50%

Wimbledon A 4R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 5 3–5 38%

US Open Q1 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 5 1–5 16%

WIN–LOSS 0–0 5–3 2–4 1–4 4–4 2–4 0 / 19 14–19 42%

SEE ALSO

* Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
portal * Biography portal

* List of Puerto Ricans
Puerto Ricans
* Sports in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
* Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
at the Olympics * History of women in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

REFERENCES

NOTES

* ^ Spanish : Mónica; Spanish pronunciation: ; Catalan pronunciation: * ^ "Mis abuelos son Catalanes", "My grandparents are Catalans. -lavanguardia.com.

FOOTNOTES

* ^ Monica Puig * ^ Interview with Monica Puig
Monica Puig
"Mis abuelos son Catalanes" ("My grandparents are Catalans") * ^ Monica Puig
Monica Puig
first round: Interview * ^ Puig visits usana-in Colombia
Colombia
with her mother Astrid * ^ "Mónica Puig: una chica de familia" (in Spanish). Primera Hora . 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2016-08-13. * ^ " Tennis
Tennis
ace Monica Puig
Monica Puig
nets gold in Mayagüez". July 31, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. * ^ " Singapore
Singapore
challenge ends on opening day". International Tennis Federation . August 15, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. * ^ Monica Puig
Monica Puig
(Activity) * ^ " Australian Open
Australian Open
Notebook". Metro . January 29, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011. * ^ "Cae en la final Mónica Puig". El Nuevo Día
El Nuevo Día
. January 29, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011. * ^ "ITF Tennis.com $25,000 Surprise, AZ, 2011". February 20, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2011. * ^ Figueroa, Alex (October 21, 2014). "Mónica Puig campeona en Singapur". El Nuevo Día
El Nuevo Día
. * ^ http://www.noticel.com/noticia/169247/monica-puig-tras-la-revalidacion-dorada-galeria.html * ^ Hannah Wilks (2016-08-11). "Petra Kvitova vs Monica Puig
Monica Puig
Rio Olympics tennis live: Winner will guarantee themselves an Olympic medal". LiveTennis.com. Retrieved 2016-08-12. * ^ Dan Wolken (2016-08-12). " Monica Puig
Monica Puig
tops Petra Kvitova, will go to play and win Puerto Rico\'s first gold.". USAToday. Retrieved 2016-08-12. * ^ Chu García (2016-08-13). "Mónica: segunda latinoamericana en el podio". Retrieved 2016-08-13. * ^ http://www.elnuevodia.com/deportes/otrosdeportes/nota/premianamonicapuigcomomejoratletafemeninaderio-2262813/ * ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/ANOC_Olympic/status/798585940704919552 * ^ WTA (2017-06-12). "WTA Rankings on 2017-06-12". WTAtennis.com. Retrieved 2017-08-29.

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