Wimbledon 2013: Monica Puig stuns fifth seed Sara Errani

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Fifth seed Sara Errani suffered a shock Wimbledon first-round exit at the hands of Puerto Rican teenager Monica Puig.

The world number 65, playing her first senior match on grass, claimed a 6-3 6-2 victory over the Italian on Court 18.

Puig, 19, hit 38 winners on her way to victory over Italian Errani, who reached the quarter-finals in SW19 in 2012.

She broke her opponent four times and admitted she was ‘thrilled’ with the result.

“It was a very relaxed game for me. At the beginning I just blinked and I was up 6-3 5-1. I was able to close it out and I am very happy with this win.

“Everyone is super happy. My dad called me and he was ecstatic, my mum is here and she is very proud and my coach as well. I haven’t stopped receiving messages so everybody is thrilled.”

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Nick Bollettieri stepped away from his desk in The Independent‘s corner of the Wimbledon media bunker and declared he was headed to court 18.

Monica Puig, a 19-year-old Puerto Rican, was taking on No 5 seed Sara Errani. ‘She’s one of ours,’ said the octogenarian coaching guru. ‘I want to give her some support’.

Bollettieri, a long-time visitor to Puerto Rico, where he coached for 17 winters, added: “It’s easy for me to be part of the team because her full-time coach (Alain de Vos) has welcomed me in.”

Bollettieri was rewarded with a giant-killing performance from the teenager who brushed Errani aside 6-3, 6-2. There were some nerves as she blew six match points to put away the shrieking Italian in two very long closing games, before securing the match on her seventh.

Puig, who has never passed the second round at Wimbledon, meets Silvia Soler-Espino in that stage the Spaniard having defeated Misaki Doi, of Japan, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

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Puig, who said fans in Puerto Rico had woken up early to watch her match live on television, told reporters she had two sources of inspiration – the men’s game and defending Wimbledon champion Serena Williams.

“I look to the men’s circuit because there is so much more consistency,” Puig said.

“I try to use (Serena) as an example on the court, the way she conducts herself and just the aura that she brings on to the court,” she added.

“She intimidates the opponents and she is just able to maintain that level through the whole match.”

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Grass is Errani’s least favourite surface, but she still made the third round last year and few people were expecting the world No. 5 to bow out this early. However, she never got going out on Court 18, though that was largely due to the brilliance of 19-year-old Puig, who smashed 35 winners en route to a 6-3 6-2 victory.

For the original reports go to

Ÿ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/23034752

Ÿ http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon-2013-nick-bollettieri-rewarded-for-monica-puig-support-with-giantkilling-performance-8671413.html

Ÿ http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCABRE95N0MN20130624?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

Ÿ http://www.crunchsports.com/category/Tennis/Wimbledon-2013-Sara-Errani-becomes-first-major-casualty-at-Wimbledon-201306240023/

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