Monica Puig is a name that everyone knows, it’s a name that created history and is one we will all be certainly keeping an eye on in the future. The 22 year old celebrates her birthday next Tuesday and she will be relieved to be on a good run in Tokyo and getting that first win after Olympic Gold.
I found it quite sad to be honest that after her first round defeat to Saisai Zheng at the US Open the comments made to her on social media were unacceptable. We seem to live in an age where some don’t like to celebrate success but celebrate defeats and what a sad life they must lead.
You see the emotion of the occasion in Rio and what it means to her and the fact people mock it is poor.
Monica produced some pretty outstanding performances in Rio to win gold and her performance against Kvitova was full of fight and determination.
Losing the first set to Petra Kvitova 6-1 can be tough to bounce back from as at that stage Petra can stroll to victory but Puig hung in there to take the second set 6-4 and then at 2-4 down in the third and final set it looked all but over but the Puerto Rican showed that great fighting spirit we saw when she made history in Rio and reeled off four games in a row to stun the two time Wimbledon champion to advance to the quarter finals of the Pan Pacific Open.
Next up for Monica is world number four Agnieszka Radwanska. The Pole defeated Puig 6-4 6-0 at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year but with Puig showing good form in Tokyo the power of her game and the trickery of Radwanska’ will be interesting to see how this one pans out.