Latest Sports Scores

Scoreboard

  • ALL
  • MLB
  • MLB
  • 6/26 3:40 PM EDT
    Phi0
    Ari0
  • 6/26 7:05 PM EDT
    ChC0
    Was0
  • 6/26 7:10 PM EDT
    Min0
    Bos0
  • 6/26 7:10 PM EDT
    Tex0
    Cle0
  • 6/26 8:10 PM EDT
    NYY0
    CWS0
  • 6/26 10:10 PM EDT
    LAA0
    LAD0
  • 6/26 10:08 PM EDT
    Col0
    SF0
  • 6/26 4:15 PM EDT
    Cin0
    StL0

Monica Puig secures Puerto Rico's first gold medal in women's tennis final

Best Photos: Rio Olympics Day 8

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Monica Puig overpowered Angelique Kerber 6-4 4-6 6-1 in the women's tennis final on Saturday to win Puerto Rico's first ever Olympic gold medal.

Puig, the world number 34, overpowered German world number two Kerber, the Australian Open champion, blasting winners from all over the court amid cheers of "Si, se puede" ("Yes, you can") from an enthusiastic crowd.

The 22-year-old fell to the court and kissed it after sealing victory as fans waved Puerto Rican flags and yelled "Monica, Monica, Monica."

SEE MORE: Everything you need to know about the Summer Olympics

Puig beat twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals and she put in another impressive performance on Rio's center court, firing groundstroke winners from all over the court.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and no female athlete from the Caribbean island had ever before won an Olympic medal under its flag.

Gigi Fernandez, born in Puerto Rico, won two Olympic gold medals representing the United States.

Puig also became the first unseeded player to win the Olympic women's tennis singles tournament. It was the ninth Olympic medal for Puerto Rico with most of the others coming in boxing.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Rio Daily: Rio's famous beaches
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.