MONICA PUIG MARCHáN (born September 27, 1993) is a Puerto Rican
professional tennis player and the reigning Olympic champion. She is
also a Central American and Caribbean champion and Pan American silver
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.
* 1 Early life
* 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
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.
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
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
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
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)
An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium in straights. Puig followed
that up with a semifinal appearance at a Grade-1 tournament in
Barranquilla . Consistent results followed, before a huge Grade A
title at the 27th Copa Gerdau, defeating
Jessica Pegula in the final.
After a semifinal appearance at another Grade-A calibre tournament,
she fell in the quarterfinals of the
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
Osaka (Grade A), the final of Mérida (Grade 1) and the
Key Biscayne (Grade A), both to
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 , but
lost in the first round to
Zheng Saisai of
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 . She qualified for the final but lost to Belgian
An-Sophie Mestach . On February 20, 2011 Puig won the singles title
Surprise, Arizona (ITF) defeating Slovak
Lenka Wienerová in
Puig received a wildcard into the qualifying draw of the BNP Paribas
Open at Indian Wells. She defeated
Anne Keothavong in the first round
but was then knocked out by
Sorana Cîrstea in three sets.
In the juniors event of the
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
Christina McHale of the
United States to advance to the gold
medal round. She lost to
Irina Falconi of the
United States in the
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
Karolína Plíšková . On 16 January Puig entered the
Australian Open qualifying draw ranked 209. She lost in the second
Kirsten Flipkens . On January 23, Puig entered the $25,000
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 of Poland.
In the following month, Puig played on the qualifying draw of two WTA
Monterrey , without being able to get past
the first round of the main draw. She received a wild card to play in
Indian Wells Masters
Indian Wells Masters qualifying draw, but, in the second
round, lost to world No. 66,
Eleni Daniilidou . Puig's first 2012
breakthrough came when she reached the final of the
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 .
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
Alexandra Panova . In the semifinals, Puig defeated
An-Sophie Mestach , the same opponent to whom she lost in the 2011
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
Julia Görges in round one before beating former French
Francesca Schiavone in the second round. She lost in the
quarterfinals to fourth seed
Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain. At the
French Open , Puig had the most remarkable win of her career to date
when she defeated world No. 11,
Nadia Petrova , in three sets. At
Wimbledon , she beat world No. 5 and fifth seed
Sara Errani in the
first round, then defeated
Silvia Soler Espinosa
Silvia Soler Espinosa in three sets in the
second round and
Eva Birnerová in three sets in round three before
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 ,
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
Singapore . Puig defeated
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
Mexico representing Puerto
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 . 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 , Anna Karolína
Samantha Stosur , and
Belinda Bencic before losing in
her second WTA final to
Svetlana Kuznetsova .
Australian Open , she reached the third round, defeating Magda
Kristýna Plíšková before losing to the fourth seed
Agnieszka Radwańska . At the
French Open , she repeated her
Australian Open success to reach the third round, defeating Olga
Julia Görges , before losing to the fifteenth seed
Madison Keys . In the Aegon International , Puig progressed as far as
to the semifinals after beating
Kristina Mladenovic . Weeks later, she
progressed on Wimbledon and faced home player
Johanna Konta in the
first round, in which Puig lost to Konta in two sets.
Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro , Puig won the women\'s
singles gold medal by defeating
Polona Hercog , Anastasia
Garbiñe Muguruza ,
Laura Siegemund , Petra Kvitová
, and finally
Angelique Kerber . Puig became the second unseeded
player to win a medal at the Olympics after
Alicia Molik won bronze in
Athens and the first athlete representing
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 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 before the tournament began, Puig
became the 32nd seed. She faced
Saisai Zheng in the first
round, but lost in two sets. She also played doubles with
Mariana Duque-Mariño but lost to
United States '
Nicole Gibbs and
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
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. However, she did
end the season on a high note by reaching her fourth career WTA final
at BGL Luxembourg Open .
Singles: 1 (1 Gold Medal)
6–4, 4–6, 6–1
Monica Puig career statistics
GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE TIMELINE
(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.
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* ^ Spanish : Mónica; Spanish pronunciation: ; Catalan
* ^ "Mis abuelos son Catalanes", "My grandparents are Catalans.
* ^ Monica Puig
* ^ Interview with
Monica Puig "Mis abuelos son Catalanes" ("My
grandparents are Catalans")
Monica Puig first round: Interview
* ^ Puig visits usana-in
Colombia with her mother Astrid
* ^ "Mónica Puig: una chica de familia" (in Spanish). Primera Hora
. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
* ^ "
Monica Puig nets gold in Mayagüez". July 31, 2010.
Retrieved August 20, 2010.
* ^ "
Singapore challenge ends on opening day". International Tennis
Federation . August 15, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
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El Nuevo Día
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Olympics tennis live: Winner will guarantee themselves an Olympic
medal". LiveTennis.com. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
* ^ Dan Wolken (2016-08-12). "
Monica Puig tops Petra Kvitova, will
go to play and win Puerto Rico\'s first gold". USAToday. Retrieved
* ^ Chu García (2016-08-13). "Mónica: segunda latinoamericana en
el podio". Retrieved 2016-08-13.
* ^ WTA (2017-06-12). "WTA Rankings on 2017-06-12". WTAtennis.com.
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