Mónica Puig

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Mónica Puig
Monica Puig RG13 (2).JPG
Puig at the 2013 French Open
Full name Mónica Puig Marchán
Country  Puerto Rico
Residence Miami, Florida, United States
Born (1993-09-27) September 27, 1993 (age 20)
Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro September 2010
Prize money $738,794
Singles
Career record 150–83
Career titles 1 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking 41 (May 26, 2014)
Current ranking 69 (July 7, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2014)
French Open 3R (2013)
Wimbledon 4R (2013)
US Open 1R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 9–12
Career titles 0
Highest ranking 263 (July 23, 2012)
Current ranking 734 (July 7, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2014)
French Open 1R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2013, 2014)
US Open 1R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 16–11
Last updated on: July 7, 2014.

Mónica Puig Marchán (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈputʃ]; born September 27, 1993 in Hato Rey) is a Puerto Rican tennis player.

Puig has won one singles title on the WTA tour and six singles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On May 26, 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 41. On July 23, 2012, she peaked at world number 263 in the doubles rankings. In May 2014, Puig won her maiden WTA tour title at the 2014 Internationaux de Strasbourg.[1]

Puig is currently coached by António van Grichen, the former coach of Victoria Azarenka and Eugenie Bouchard.[2]

Tennis career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

In 2007, she entered her first tournament at the Prince Cup, but withdrew from the qualifying draw.

In 2008, she started the season with a surprise run to the final of the Costa Rica Bowl (Grade 3) as a qualifier losing in straight sets to Eugenie Bouchard. She continued her good form, winning two out of three tournaments. Puig continued good results in small Grade 3 and 4 tournaments. In her first Grade 1 tournament in Lexington, she defeated Charlotte Calhoun before going out to Lauren Embree. She continued to participate in bigger tournaments, though not with as much success as she had in the smaller ones.

Puig had her breakthrough season in 2009; she started doing much better in the bigger tournaments. She reached her first Grade 1 final in Casablanca, losing to Mai Grage of Denmark. She continued playing consistently, highlights of the latter months of the year included a semifinal appearance at a Grade B1 tournament in Tulsa, losing to Bouchard in three sets. In her next tournament, she won the doubles title.

In 2010, she continued her successes at a higher level. Puig started the year reaching the final of the 32nd International Casablanca Junior Cup (Grade A), falling easily to Sachie Ishizu of Japan. She then reached another final a week later at the Coffee Bowl (Grade 1) losing to An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium in straights. Puig followed that up with a semifinal appearance at a Grade 1 tournament in Barranquilla. Consistent results followed, before a huge Grade A title at the 27th Copa Gerdau, defeating Jessica Pegula in the final. After a semifinal appearance at another Grade A calibre tournament, she fell in the quarterfinals of the French Open. After that, she failed to advance past the quarterfinals of any of her tournaments until the 2010 US Open – Girls' Singles, where she lost to Yulia Putintseva. Puig finished the season with a flourish, falling in the quarters of Osaka (Grade A), the final of Mérida (Grade 1) and the semis of Key Biscayne (Grade A), both to Lauren Davis.

2010[edit]

In July, Puig won the gold medal in the women's tennis singles event at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.[3] Puig was the second seed in the singles event at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore, but lost in the first round to Zheng Saisai of China in straight sets.[4]

2011[edit]

In January, Puig won the Loy Yang Traralgon International defeating Yulia Putintseva of Russia.[5] Puig is also in the juniors event of the Australian Open. She qualified for the final but lost to Belgian An-Sophie Mestach.[6][7] On February 20, 2011 Puig won the singles title in Surprise, Arizona, defeating Slovak Lenka Wienerová, 6–4, 6–0.[8]

Puig received a wildcard into the qualifying draw of the 2011 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. She defeated Anne Keothavong in the first round but was then knocked out by Sorana Cîrstea in three sets.

In the juniors event of the French Open, She also qualified for the final but lost to Tunisian Ons Jabeur.

Puig won the silver medal at the 2011 Panamerican Games after defeating Christina McHale of the United States to advance to the gold medal round. She lost to Irina Falconi in the final.

2012[edit]

In January 2012, Puig entered the WTA Tour's ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, ranked 213 in the world. She won the first and second round of qualifying matches, but lost in the last round to the number 145 in the world, Karolína Plíšková. On January 16, Puig entered the 2012 Australian Open qualifying draw ranked 209. She lost in the second round to Kirsten Flipkens. On January 23, Puig entered the $25,000 Andrézieux-Bouthéon ITF tournament as a qualifier. She won two qualifying matches and was able to play in the main draw, but lost in the first round to Magda Linette of Poland.

In the following month, Puig played on the qualifying draw of two WTA Tour events, Bogotá and Monterrey, without being able to get past the first round of the main draw. She received a wild card to play in the 2012 Indian Wells Masters qualifying draw, but, in the second round, lost to world number 66 Eleni Daniilidou. Puig's first 2012 breakthrough came when she reached the final of the Poza Rica $25,000 ITF tournament unseeded. The last two matches prior to the final included wins against tournament seeds numbers four and one, although she lost to second seed Yaroslava Shvedova.

The second breakthrough of 2012 occurred when Puig won the first ITF $50,000 tournament of her career at Joué-lès-Tours, France. She opened the first round by eliminating the number one seed and world ranked 87, Alexandra Panova. In the semifinals, Puig defeated An-Sophie Mestach, the same opponent to whom she lost in the 2011 Australian Open junior final.

2013[edit]

Puig at the 2013 US Open

Puig reached her first WTA main draw quarterfinal at the 2013 Portugal Open, competing as a lucky loser. She defeated number 8 seed and former top-15 player Julia Görges in round one before beating former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the second round. She lost in the quarterfinals to number 4 seed Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain. At the 2013 French Open, Puig had the most remarkable win of her career to date when she defeated world number 11, Nadia Petrova, in three sets. At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, she beat world number 5 and fifth seed Sara Errani in the first round, then defeated Silvia Soler Espinosa in three sets in the second round and Eva Birnerová in three sets in round three before losing to Sloane Stephens in the fourth round.

Career statistics[edit]

WTA finals[edit]

Singles (1–0)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. May 24, 2014 Internationaux de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France Clay Spain Silvia Soler Espinosa 6–4, 6–3

ITF finals[edit]

Singles (6–4)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (4–3)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. April 19, 2010 Torrent, Spain Clay Russia Nanuli Pipiya 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 2. February 14, 2011 Surprise, United States Hard Slovakia Lenka Wienerová 6–4, 6–0
Winner 3. April 25, 2011 Chiasso, Switzerland Clay Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková 7–6(7–4), 7–5
Winner 4. August 22, 2011 San Luis Potosí, Mexico Hard Russia Nika Kukharchuk 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 1. October 24, 2011 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Hard Portugal Michelle Larcher de Brito 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. March 12, 2012 Poza Rica, Mexico Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. June 25, 2012 Périgueux, France Clay Russia Irina Khromacheva 3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. October 8, 2012 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard (i) Portugal Maria João Koehler 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 6. October 22, 2012 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Russia Elena Vesnina 7–5, 1–6, 7–5
Runner-up 4. December 17, 2012 Ankara, Turkey Hard (i) Croatia Ana Savić 7–5, 3–6, 4–6

Doubles (0–1)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. July 9, 2012 Biarritz, France Clay Spain Lara Arruabarrena France Séverine Beltrame
France Laura Thorpe
2–6, 3–6

Central American and Caribbean Games[edit]

Singles (1 gold medal)[edit]

Outcome Year Host nation Surface Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 2010 Puerto Rico Hard Venezuela Adriana Pérez 6–3, 6–2

Pan American Games[edit]

Singles (1 silver medal)[edit]

Outcome Year Host nation Surface Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2011 Mexico Hard United States Irina Falconi 3–6, 2–6

Head-to-head vs. top 20 ranked players[edit]

Puig's win-loss record (2-7, 22%) against players who were ranked world no. 20 or higher when played is as follows:[9]
Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.

  1. ^ Has a 0–2 overall record vs. Flipkens
  2. ^ Has a 0–2 overall record vs. Suárez Navarro

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open LQ LQ 2R 1–1
French Open LQ 3R 1R 2–2
Wimbledon A 4R 1R 3–2
US Open LQ 1R 0–1
Win–loss 0–0 5–3 1–3 6–6

Grand Slam doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 0–1
French Open 0–0
Wimbledon 1R 0–1
US Open 1R 0–1
Win–loss 0–2 0–1 0–3

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2011 Australian Open Hard Belgium An-Sophie Mestach 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2011 French Open Clay Tunisia Ons Jabeur 6–7(8–10), 1–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monica Puig eyes first WTA title". ESPN. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Monica Puig appoints Antonio Van Grichen as her new coach, TennisEarth.com, 6 March 2014
  3. ^ "Tennis ace Monica Puig nets gold in Mayagüez". July 31, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Singapore challenge ends on opening day". International Tennis Federation. August 15, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ Monica Puig (Activity)
  6. ^ "Australian Open Notebook". Metro. January 29, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cae en la final Mónica Puig". El Nuevo Día. January 29, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ "ITF Tennis.com $25,000 Surprise, AZ, 2011". February 20, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Results". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 

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