Monica Puig Claims Historic Gold for Puerto Rico as Tennis Attracts Limelight at Rio Olympics

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 | 0
Puig realizes her dream at Rio 2016

Puig realizes her dream at Rio 2016

It turned out to be a historic day for the sport of tennis at the Rio Olympics on Saturday as some country won its first-ever gold medal while some of matches witnessed unexpected results.

In the women’s singles title-clash, surprise finalist Monica Puig rounded-off a dream week by landing Puerto Rico its maiden gold medal of any kind. The World No. 37 had nerves of steel as she clinched a stunning 6-4 4-6 6-1 conquest of Germany’s World No. 2 Angelique Kerber.

In the process, the 22-year-old also became Puerto Rico’s first female medalist, with the country’s all of the previous eight medals coming from the male participants.

Meanwhile, in the men’s semi-finals 2012 London bronze-medalist Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina prevailed in an epic semi-final contest against 2008 Beijing gold-medalist Rafael Nadal of Spain, winning 5-7 6-4 7-6 to set up a summit clash with defending champion Andy Murray of Great Britain.

Interestingly, this was Nadal first-ever singles loss at the Olympics.



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