Monica Puig

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Mónica Puig
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Full nameMónica Puig
Country (sports) Puerto Rico
Born (1993-09-27) September 27, 1993 (age 26)
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Prize money$120,492
Career record107–50
Career titles6 ITF
Highest ranking101 (February 25, 2013)
Current ranking101 (February 25, 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2012)
French OpenQ3 (2012)
US OpenQ1 (2012)
Australian Open JuniorF (2011)
French Open JuniorF (2011)
Wimbledon Junior3R (2010)
US Open JuniorQF (2010)
Career record9–7
Career titles0
Highest ranking263 (July 23, 2012)
Current ranking397 (February 25, 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open Junior2R (2011)
French Open Junior
Wimbledon JuniorSF (2010)
US Open Junior1R (2010)
Team competitions
Fed Cup12–10
Last updated on: February 25, 2013.

Mónica Puig (born September 27, 1993 in Hato Rey) is a Puerto Rican tennis player.

Puig has won six singles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On February 25, 2013, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 101. On July 23, 2012, she peaked at world number 263 in the doubles rankings. Her biggest achievement so far on the professional circuit is winning the $50,000 ITF tournament in Joué-lès-Tours in 2012, which included a first round win against the number one seed, and world ranked 87, Alexandra Panova.

Tennis career

Junior career

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.


In July, Puig won the gold medal in the women's tennis singles event at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.[1] 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.[2]


In January, Puig won the Loy Yang Traralgon International defeating Yulia Putintseva of Russia.[3] Puig is also in the juniors event of the Australian Open. She qualified for the final but lost to Belgian An-Sophie Mestach.[4][5] On February 20, 2011 Puig won the singles title in Surprise, Arizona, defeating Slovak Lenka Wienerová, 6–4, 6–0.[6]

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.

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.


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 Andrezieux 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 next month, Puig played on the qualifying draw of two WTA Tour tournaments Bogotá and Monterrey, without being able to get past the first round of the main draw. She received a wildcard to play in the 2012 Indian Wells Masters qualifying draw, but, on the second round, lost to world number 66 Eleni Daniilidou. Puig's first 2012 breakthrough came when she reached the finals of the Poza Rica $25,000 ITF tournament being 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. In the semifinals, she defeated An-Sophie Mestach, the same opponent to whom she lost at the 2011 Junior Australian Open final match.

Career statistics

Junior Grand Slam finals

Singles: 2 finals (2 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
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

ITF circuit finals

Singles: 9 finals (6 Titles, 3 Runner-up)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. April 19, 2010 Spain Torrent, Spain Clay Russia Nanuli Pipiya 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 2. February 20, 2011 United States Surprise, United States Hard Slovakia Lenka Wienerová 6–4, 6–0
Winner 3. May 1, 2011 Switzerland Chiasso, Switzerland Clay Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková 7–6(4), 7–5
Winner 4. August 22, 2011 Mexico San Luis Potosí, Mexico Hard Russia Nika Kukharchuk 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 5. June 25, 2012 Puerto Rico Bayamon, Puerto Rico Hard Portugal Michelle Larcher de Brito 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. March 12, 2012 Mexico Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. June 25, 2012 France Périgueux, France Clay Russia Irina Khromacheva 3–6, 2–6
Winner 8. October 8, 2012 France Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard Portugal Maria João Koehler 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 9. October 22, 2012 France Poitiers, France Hard Russia Elena Vesnina 7–5 1–6 7–5

Central American and Caribbean Games

Singles: 1 final (1 gold medal)

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

Singles: 1 final (1 silver medal)

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


  1. ^ "Tennis ace Monica Puig nets gold in Mayagüez". July 31, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "Singapore challenge ends on opening day". International Tennis Federation. August 15, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  3. ^ Monica Puig (Activity)
  4. ^ "Australian Open Notebook". Metro. January 29, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "Cae en la final Mónica Puig". El Nuevo Día. January 29, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  6. ^ "ITF $25,000 Surprise, AZ, 2011". February 20, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2011.

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