Monica Puig Claims First Ever WTA Title, Moves On To French OpenBy: Galen Velonis - May 25, 2014
Monica Puig has won her first Women’s Tennis Association Title Saturday. It also happens to be her first career title, proving that she is an up and comer to be reckoned with.
Other first WTA titlists this year include Garbine Muguruza in Hobart, Tsvetana Pironkova in Sydney, Kurumi Nara in Rio De Janeiroo, Caroline Garcia in Bogota, Donna Vekic in Kuala Lumpur, Carla Suarez Navarro in Oeiras and Eugenie Bouchard in Nuremberg, according to AFP.
”It’s amazing to do this coming from such a small island, where tennis isn’t necessarily recognized as one of the main sports. I’m just happy I’m able to be here playing tennis not only for myself, but for my country too,” Puig said, ”I woke up this morning and I felt it. I felt I was going to do something amazing. It was one of those feelings where you just know it’s going to happen, and I played some of the greatest tennis I’ve ever played.”
Puig is rising fast in the world of tennis. Last week, she beat former champion Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-4, 6-4.
Instagram and Twitter were filled with excitement for Puig and her accomplishment. One tweet by Puig said “The dream is now a reality! Won my first @WTA title!!!! So happy!” followed by a very smiley emoticon. It was re-tweeted 553 times with 704 favorites. Replies were filled with congratulations in English and Spanish, along with several emoticons, some of which were incomprehensible.
According to the Associated Press, Next up for Puig is the French Open where she faces 2010 finalist Sam Stosur. Meanwhile Soler-Espinosa will face Chanelle Scheepers at Roland Garros.
You can watch the exciting title-claiming match on this video:
Image via Wikimedia Commons.