Gold-Medalist Monica Puig Admits Rio Hangover Affecting Her Performance

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016 | 0

Rio Olympic gold-medalist Monica Puig has admitted that the hangover from her biggest career success is still playing in her mind.

The 23-year-old emerged as the surprise winner of the women’s singles event at the quadrennial event, where she upset some of the biggest names in the circuit including Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber en route to winning the first-ever gold medal for Puerto Rico.

But, Puig has hardly won any matches since then. With a dismal post-Rio record of 2-3, she hasn’t gone beyond the quarter-finals of any of the three events she has played so far. Following her first-round defeat to Roberta Vinci at the Wuhan Open this week, Puig opened up on her struggle of late.

“There’s been a lot of media attention, a lot of focus on just the Olympics,” she exuded after exiting Wuhan, as quoted by WTA Tennis. “It’s kind of hard when you have to focus on other things, other tournaments, and everybody keeps bringing you back to Rio.

“It’s a bit tough when you come off the biggest win of your career, the biggest tournament you’ve ever won, and all of a sudden you have to get back to training.

“I feel like Rio definitely drained me mentally and physically because it was a lot to take in. I wish I obviously would have had that time to full-on celebrate, and that would have been it. The tennis calendar isn’t that forgiving.”

The 27th-ranked Puig is next expected to feature at the premier event in Beijing that begins October 3.

 

 

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