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Monica Puig
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Puig at the 2016 US Open
Full nameMonica Puig Marchán
Country (sports)  Puerto Rico
Residence Miami, Florida, U.S.
Born (1993-09-27) September 27, 1993 (age 25)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned proSeptember 2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachAlain De Vos (2008–2014)
Ricardo Sánchez (2014–2015)
Juan Todero (2015–)
Prize money$2,540,517
Career record267–176 (60.27%)
Career titles2 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 27 (September 26, 2016)
Current rankingNo. 50 (September 10, 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R ( 2016)
French Open3R ( 2013, 2016)
Wimbledon4R ( 2013)
US Open2R ( 2014, 2018)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesW ( 2016)
Career record17–29 (36.96%)
Highest rankingNo. 210 (May 25, 2015)
Current rankingNo. 275 (July 30, 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R ( 2018)
French Open1R ( 2014, 2015, 2016)
Wimbledon2R ( 2016)
US Open1R ( 2013, 2014, 2016)
Team competitions
Fed Cup27–12
Last updated on: June 11, 2018.

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.

Early life

Monica Puig Marchán was born to a Cuban American father, José Puig, and a Puerto Rican mother, Astrid Marchán. [1] Puig stated her grandparents are Catalan. [b] [2] [3] [4] She has a brother named Ricardo "Ricky" Puig. [5]

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. 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 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 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 US Open, 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. [6] At the Youth Olympics in Singapore, she was the 2nd seed in the singles event but lost in the first round to Zheng Saisai of China in straight sets. [7]

2011: Junior Grand Slam finals in Melbourne and Roland Garros

In January, Puig won the Loy Yang Traralgon International defeating Yulia Putintseva of Russia. [8] Puig was also in the juniors event of the Australian Open. She qualified for the final but lost to Belgian An-Sophie Mestach. [9] [10] On February 20, Puig won the singles title in Surprise, Arizona defeating Slovak Lenka Wienerová in straight sets. [11]

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 after defeating Christina McHale of the United States to advance to the gold medal round. She lost to Irina Falconi of the 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. On 16 January Puig entered the Australian Open qualifying draw ranked 209. She lost in the second round to Kirsten Flipkens. At the $25,000 Andrézieux-Bouthéon tournament, she won two qualifying matches, but lost in the first main round to Magda Linette of Poland.

In the following month, Puig played on the qualifying draw of two WTA Tour events, Bogotá and Monterrey, without being able to get past the first round of the main draw. She received a wildcard to play in the 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 tournament unseeded. The last two matches prior to the final included wins against tournament seeds No. 4 and 1, although she lost to 2nd seed Yaroslava Shvedova.

The second breakthrough of 2012 occurred when she won the first $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 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 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 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 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. [12] 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. [13]

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 No. 92.

2016: Breakthrough and Olympic Gold Medal

Puig started the 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 Linette and 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 15th 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.

At the 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 had won bronze in Athens and the first athlete representing Puerto Rico to win a gold medal in any sport. [14] [15] In Puerto Rico's Olympic history, Puig is the ninth sportsperson and the first sportswoman to win an Olympic medal. She 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. [16] In November, Puig was presented the award for Best Female Athlete in Rio 2016 presented by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). [17] [18]

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 Zheng Saisai 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. [19] By losing in three sets to Mirjana Lučić-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 Open.


After convincingly dispatching Samantha Stosur in the first round of the 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 Mandatory tournament. [20] In May, Puig announced that she would withdraw from both the French Open and Internationaux de Strasbourg tournaments because of a hip injury. [21]

Significant finals

Olympic finals

Singles: 1 (1 gold medal)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Gold 2016 Summer Olympics Hard Germany Angelique Kerber 6–4, 4–6, 6–1

Career statistics

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

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. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open Q2 Q1 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R 0 / 5 6–5 55%
French Open Q3 3R 1R 1R 3R 2R A 0 / 5 5–5 50%
Wimbledon A 4R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 6 3–6 33%
US Open Q1 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 6 2–6 25%
Win–Loss 0–0 5–3 2–4 1–4 4–4 2–4 2–3 0 / 22 16–22 42%

See also



  1. ^ Spanish: Mónica Puig Marchán,
    pronounced  [ˈmonika ˈpwiɣ maɾˈtʃan];
    Catalan pronunciation:  [ˈputʃ]
  2. ^ "Mis abuelos son Catalanes", "My grandparents are Catalans.


  1. ^ Monica Puig
  2. ^ Interview with Monica Puig "Mis abuelos son Catalanes" ("My grandparents are Catalans")
  3. ^ Monica Puig first round: Interview
  4. ^ Puig visits usana-in Colombia with her mother Astrid
  5. ^ "Mónica Puig: una chica de familia" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  6. ^ "Tennis ace Monica Puig nets gold in Mayagüez". July 31, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  7. ^ "Singapore challenge ends on opening day". International Tennis Federation. August 15, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  8. ^ Monica Puig (Activity)
  9. ^ "Australian Open Notebook". Metro. January 29, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  10. ^ "Cae en la final Mónica Puig". El Nuevo Día. January 29, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  11. ^ "ITF $25,000 Surprise, AZ, 2011". February 20, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
  12. ^ Figueroa, Alex (October 21, 2014). "Mónica Puig campeona en Singapur". El Nuevo Día.
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  14. ^ Hannah Wilks (2016-08-11). "Petra Kvitova vs Monica Puig Rio Olympics tennis live: Winner will guarantee themselves an Olympic medal". Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  15. ^ Dan Wolken (2016-08-12). "Monica Puig tops Petra Kvitova, will go to play and win Puerto Rico's first gold". USAToday. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  16. ^ Chu García (2016-08-13). "Mónica: segunda latinoamericana en el podio". Retrieved 2016-08-13.
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  19. ^ WTA (2017-06-12). "WTA Rankings on 2017-06-12". Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  20. ^ "Puig bounces back from bagel, stuns Wozniacki in Miami". 24 March 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Monica Puig announces heartbroken news". Tennis World. Retrieved 22 May 2018.

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