Mónica Puig lost her third-round match 6-4, 7-5 to Spanish player Carla Suárez Navarro, bringing her participation in the 2013 French Open to an end. The match was tight and although Puig played very well—especially in the second set—in the end Suárez’s greater experience showed.
While we wait for her next tournament, there’s this:
Erik Gudris posted this item about Mónica at tennisnow.com: 19-year-old Monica Puig of Puerto Rico continues to make a name for herself this week at Roland Garros. Learn more about this rising WTA star.
While many 30+ players continue to do well in the WTA, several youngsters are on the rise. One of the brightest among them is Monica Puig who just reached the third round of Roland Garros. Learn more about her and her special brand of “Pica Power”.
1. Pride of Puerto Rico: Puig was born on September 27th, 1993 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She currently resides in Miami, Florida.
2. Early Days: Puig was introduced to tennis by her mother and learned the game by playing clinics at clubs. She soon became a rising talent and won her first ITF title in 2010.
3. Juniors Joy: In 2011, Puig reached the finals of two Junior Grand Slams at both the Australian Open and the French Open. That same year, she finished runner-up at the Pan American Games to American Irina Falconi.
4. Brisbane Breakthrough: After slowly climbing up the WTA ranks in 2012, Puig first gained wide attention this year when she reached the round of 16 at the Brisbane International in January. There she barely lost to No. 4 seed Angelique Kerber in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) despite being up 5-2 in the final set tiebreak.
5. Clay Courtress – Though Puig lists hard courts as her favorite surface, her steady backcourt game is suited for the dirt. She entered her first WTA main draw quarterfinal at Oeiras earlier this spring. That result helped Puig crack into the top 100 for the first time. Then in her Grand Slam main draw debut at Roland Garros, she knocked out former French Open semifinalist Nadia Petrova with a scrappy three set win.
6. History Maker – With her appearance in the main draw of Roland Garros, Puig became the first woman from her country to do so since 2007 and the first to win a main draw Grand Slam match since Wimbledon 2005.
7. Post-Win Thoughts – “The win was absolutely incredible,” said Puig about her win against Petrova to WTA.com “It was a tough match against a very tough opponent but I just kept fighting and I was so happy to come out with the victory in the end.”
8. Livin’ La Vida Loca – Puig is well known in her native Puerto Rico. Her tennis results have made her a recognized name everywhere she goes in the country. She even has a few famous fans including singer Ricky Martin who recently called her in April.
9. Pica Power – Puig, who is an avid user of Twitter (@MonicaPuig93), often signs off her tweets with the hashtag #PicaPower. Speaking in Charleston earlier in the year, Puig says she got the idea for the expression by adapting the Spanish word “picar” which is used to chip away at a stone to make it perfect.
10. Talk to Her: With her firecracker personality and tenacious game, Puig is fast becoming a fan favorite. The lively Puig enjoys the attention and love to interact with everyone she meets. Back at the Family Circle Cup, Puig said about her newfound fame, “I like the support. I like the attention. I’m very bubbly. I’m going to be friends with everyone. I always like to talk to whoever it is. It’s just who I am.”
For the original report go to http://www.tennisnow.com/News/10-Things-Monica-Puig.aspx