Gold medal: Puig creates history for Puerto Rico

Published by Matt Trollope

Monica Puig celebrates her history-making moment for Puerto Rico after beating Angelique Kerber in the women's singles gold medal match at the Rio 2016 Olympics; Getty Images
Monica Puig has become a hero in her home country, delivering Puerto Rico its first ever Olympic gold medal with a memorable three-set win over Angelique Kerber.

Monica Puig has caused an incredible upset to beat Angelique Kerber and secure women’s singles gold at Rio 2016.

Puig, ranked 34th, stunned the reigning Australian Open champion and world No.2 6-4 4-6 6-1 in the Olympic final on Saturday night.

Her triumph delivered Puerto Rico its first ever Olympic gold medal.

The final game was a thriller. Puig saw two match points come and go – after failing to convert another match point in the previous game – and survived six break points before finally sealing an historic victory.

More to come …

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