Nineteen-year-old Puerto Rican tennis player Mónica Puig–in her first year as a tennis pro–played a remarkable match in the first round of the French Open at Roland Garros today, defeating 11th seeded and former number 3 in the world Nadia Petrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Puig is moving quickly up in the rankings, breaking into the top 100 just weeks ago and now ranked 85 in the world.
In a hard-fought match–as would be expected against a player of Petrova’s caliber and experience–Puig had to battle nearly two and a half hours to secure the match. Nervous at the start, Puig prevailed in her first professional match in a grand slam tournament against a seeded player. Puig had to play four qualifying matches before entering the main draw.
After a faltering start when she accumulated 17 unforced errors in the first set, Puig took control of the match, taking advantage of Petrova’s errors to break her opponent’s serve multiple times in the third set.
Considered right now the best Latin American woman player in the professional circuit, Puig has had a great start to her professional career, defeating Julia Goerges, Francesca Schiavone, and now Petrova. Next at Roland Garros she will play the winner of the match between Madison Keys (USA) and Misaki Doi (Japan). Should she get past that match Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro (seeded 20) looms ahead.