Monica Puig Marchán[a] (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
medalist. She is the first athlete to win an Olympic gold medal
representing Puerto Rico.
Having turned professional in 2010, Puig has won two WTA singles
titles 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 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
7 External links
Monica Puig Marchán was born to a Cuban American father, José Puig,
and a Puerto Rican mother, Astrid Marchán. Puig stated her
grandparents are Catalan.[b] She has a brother named Ricardo
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. 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, 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 quarters of
Osaka (Grade A), the final of Mérida (Grade 1) and the semis of 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 2nd
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
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
world, Karolína Plíšková. On 16 January Puig entered the
Australian Open qualifying draw ranked 209. She lost in the second
round to 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
Bogotá and Monterrey, without being able to get past the
first round of the main draw. She received a wild card to play in the
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 top-seed and world ranked
87, 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
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 5th seed
Sara Errani in the first
round, then defeated
Silvia Soler Espinosa
Silvia Soler Espinosa in three sets in the second
Eva Birnerová in three sets in round three before losing to
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. 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 Veracruz,
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. 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
Schmiedlová, Samantha Stosur, and
Belinda Bencic before losing in her
second WTA final to Svetlana Kuznetsova.
At the 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 Govortsova and
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 Pavlyuchenkova,
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. In November, Puig was
presented the award for Best Female Athlete in Rio 2016 presented by
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 China's
Saisai Zheng in the first
round, but lost in two sets. She also played doubles with Colombia's
Mariana Duque-Mariño but lost to United States'
Nicole Gibbs and
Japan's Nao Hibino.
2017: Loss of form
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 in the first round of the US Open, Puig concluded her
2017 season without advancing past the second round of any Grand Slam
or Premier Mandatory tournament. However, she did end the season on a
high note by reaching her fourth career WTA final at BGL Luxembourg
After convincingly dispatching
Samantha Stosur in the first round of
the 2018 Miami Open, Puig came back from a first set deficit to upset
the 2nd seed
Caroline Wozniacki in three sets for the fourth Top 10
win of her career and a spot in the third round of the Premier
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 at
the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has
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^ Spanish: Mónica Puig Marchán,
pronounced [ˈmonika ˈpwiɣ maɾˈtʃan];
Catalan pronunciation: [putʃ]
^ "Mis abuelos son Catalanes", "My grandparents are Catalans.
^ "Olympics listed as part of WTA Tour".
^ 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
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Monica Puig (Activity)
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Retrieved January 29, 2011.
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Singapur". El Nuevo Día.
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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 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.
^ "Puig bounces back from bagel, stuns Wozniacki in Miami". 24 March
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Tennis at the Summer Olympics
Tennis at the Summer Olympics • Olympic champions in women's singles
1968: Helga Niessen (FRG)
1984: Steffi Graf (FRG)
1908: Gwendoline Eastlake-Smith (GBR)
1912: Edith Hannam (GBR)
1900: Charlotte Cooper (GBR)
1908: Dorothea Chambers (GBR)
1912: Marguerite Broquedis (FRA)
1920: Suzanne Lenglen (FRA)
1924: Helen Wills (USA)
1988: Steffi Graf (FRG)
1992: Jennifer Capriati (USA)
1996: Lindsay Davenport (USA)
2000: Venus Williams (USA)
2004: Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)
2008: Elena Dementieva (RUS)
2012: Serena Williams (USA)
2016: Monica Puig (PUR)
Tennis Association: Top female singles tennis players from the
Americas as of 2 April 2018
Venus Williams (8 )
Sloane Stephens (9 3)
Madison Keys (14 1)
CoCo Vandeweghe (15 1)
CiCi Bellis (43 1)
Danielle Collins (53 40)
Beatriz Haddad Maia
Beatriz Haddad Maia (63 1)
Monica Puig (68 14)
Varvara Lepchenko (72 3)
Madison Brengle (80 3)
Tennis Association: Top ten female singles tennis players from
Latin America as of 26 February 2018
Beatriz Haddad Maia
Beatriz Haddad Maia (60 2)
Monica Puig (80 10)
Verónica Cepede Royg
Verónica Cepede Royg (82 3)
Mariana Duque (114 2)
Daniela Seguel (194 3)
Andrea Gamiz (245 4)
Renata Zarazúa (253 )
Victoria Rodriguez (286 2)
Ana Sofía Sánchez (298 43)