MONICA PUIG MARCHáN (born September 27, 1993) is a Puerto Rican professional tennis player and Olympic gold medal winner. She is also a Central American and Caribbean champion and Pan American silver medalist.
Puig has won one singles title on the WTA tour and six singles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On September 26, 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 27. On May 25, 2015, she peaked at world number 210 in the doubles rankings. In May 2014, Puig won her first WTA tour title at the 2014 Internationaux de Strasbourg .
2016 Summer Olympics , Puig became the first athlete to win an
Olympic gold medal while representing
* 1 Early life
* 2.1 Junior career * 2.2 2010 * 2.3 2011: Junior Slam finals in Melbourne and Roland Garros * 2.4 2012: Reaching Top 200 * 2.5 2013: Entering Top 100 * 2.6 2014: First WTA title, high ranking of No. 41 * 2.7 2015: Lesser results, still in top 100 * 2.8 2016: Breakthrough and Olympic Gold Medal
* 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
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 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
In July, Puig won the gold medal in the women's tennis singles event
at the 2010
Central American and Caribbean Games . Puig was the
second seed in the singles event at the 2010 Youth
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
Puig received a wildcard into the qualifying draw of the 2011 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.
Puig won the silver medal at the 2011
Pan American Games after
Christina McHale of the
2012: REACHING TOP 200
In January 2012, Puig entered the WTA Tour's ASB Classic in Auckland
, New Zealand, ranked 213 in the world. She won the first and second
round of qualifying matches, but lost in the last round to the number
145 in the world,
Karolína Plíšková . On 16 January Puig entered
In the following month, Puig played on the qualifying draw of two WTA
The second breakthrough of 2012 occurred when Puig 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
2013: ENTERING TOP 100
Puig at the 2013 US Open
Puig reached her first WTA main draw quarterfinal at the 2013 Portugal Open , competing as a lucky loser . She defeated number 8 seed and former top-15 player Julia Görges in round one before beating former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the second round. She lost in the quarterfinals to number 4 seed Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain. At the 2013 French Open , Puig had the most remarkable win of her career to date when she defeated world number 11, Nadia Petrova , in three sets. At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships , she beat world number 5 and fifth seed Sara Errani in the first round, then defeated Silvia Soler Espinosa in three sets in the second round and Eva Birnerová in three sets in round three before losing to Sloane Stephens in the fourth round. She was ranked 56th at the end of the year.
2014: FIRST WTA TITLE, HIGH RANKING OF NO. 41
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.
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 .
In the 2016 Aegon International
At the 2016 Olympic Games in
Rio de Janeiro
She later entered the US Open . Puig was not originally seeded, but
after a sudden withdrawal of seeded
Sloane Stephens before the
tournament began, Puig became the 32nd seed. She faced
Singles: 1 (1 Gold Medal)
RESULT YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE OPPONENT SCORE
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 %
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
0 / 4 1–4 20%
WIN–LOSS 0–0 5–3 2–4 1–4 4–4 2–3 0 / 18 14–18 44%
* ^ Spanish : _Mónica_; Spanish pronunciation: ; Catalan pronunciation: * ^ "Mis abuelos son Catalanes", "My grandparents are Catalans. -lavanguardia.com.
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