RIO DE JANEIRO — Monica Puig has now earned a spot in Puerto Rico’s history books. And she will be named in the same sentence along some of the island’s legends.
Puig won the women’s tennis tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics. It is Puerto Rico’s first gold medal ever in 68 years of competition at the Summer Olympics.
“I didn’t lose,” said Kerber. “She beat me. She played close to perfection, made very few mistakes. She was everywhere. It was impressive.”
Impressive as in losing only two sets in the entire tournament.
“This medal has given me a huge boost in confidence,” said Puig, who has never reached the quarterfinals in Grand Slam tournaments. “I hope to really keep this momentum in the upcoming tournaments.”
Before the gold-medal match, the 22-year-old Puig kept her cool despite feeling a bit anxious. After doing video research of Kerber, she entered Centre Court on a mission.
“I knew it. If I didn’t win, it would hurt me for four long years,” said Puig. “I played with all of my heart and soul. I had enormous faith in myself. It just raised my game to a whole new level.”
And it payed off. As soon as reality hits her, Puig will deservedly be in an elite level. As Olympic champion.