Angelique Kerber Will Meet The Surprising Monica Puig For The Rio Olympics Women’s Singles Gold

by Staff | August 13th, 2016, 1:17 am

German Angelique Kerber continued her incredible 2016 denying Madison Keys a spot in the Rio gold medal match beating the American Friday 6-3, 7-5 in the semifinals.

Kerber will try to become the first German woman to win singles golf after Steffi Graf in Seoul 1988. She also took silver at Barcelona 1992.

This far, the Australian Open champion hasn’t dropped a set and she’ll be the big favorite against the surprising Monica Puig. The 22-year-old will try on Saturday to become the first Puerto Rican win a gold medal of any kind in the Olympics after beating 2-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

“For me it would mean the world and it would be the biggest honor,” Puig said. “I’m doing it more for my country. This Olympics isn’t about me, it’s about Puerto Rico.

“I know how badly they want this. The island is full of bad news all of the time – every time there’s a Games and someone wins a medal, someone from the island wins a medal everything stops and I know how happy people get so this one’s not for me this one’s for them.”

Kerber has won both career meetings with Puig both on hardcourts.

“We are here at the Olympics and it’s my first Olympic final and I will try to enjoy it for sure but I will also go out there and try to play my best tennis and try to win it of course,” said Kerber. “It will be a special day but in the end I will try to stay focused and not be too emotional.

“Monica is a great player and I think she plays her best tennis now this week. She will got out there tryng to beat me but I will go there focusing on my strengths and try to enjoy it, playing my tennis. It will be not so easy because I know she is a fighter. I think it will be a good match.”

Puig has beaten former French finalist Sara Errani, French Open champion Garbine Muguruza and today Kvitova.

Keys and Kvitova will meet in the bronze medal match.

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5 Comments for Angelique Kerber Will Meet The Surprising Monica Puig For The Rio Olympics Women’s Singles Gold

AndyMira Says:

I will root for Angel for her first gold..and i think she will get it..Vamos Angel!

Margot Says:

Go Angie! My favourite female tennis player.

chrisford1 Says:

Monica Puig is a solid young player. American by way of the Commonwealth setup Puerto Rico has with America, not one of those “dual citizenship” things where Brits swim for the Bahamas or the US offers dubious insta-Citizenship, insta-American Olympic program and entry status for Somalis that join the US Army.
Parents are from famous tennis player Catalan ethnicity by way of Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Charismatic, will get some serious endorsements should she win…and as she points out, almost all news from Puerto Rico has been bad in the past 2 years – and the people there would like something nce from the Olympics.

Have to root for her over Kerber, who I would normally root for, over most players. Angie is really likable, and 2016 is her breakout after years of putting her dues in.

Danica Says:

Wow Monica!!!!! Huge congrats! Wanted her to win. Brava!!!!

AndyMira Says:

Incredible win from Monica!She’s awesome last night..who would have thought she could displayed such an amazing tennis and handle the pressure really really well..and of course being an underdog also helped her a great deal…also much much credit to Angel who always put up a good fight…Wish the best to both of them in the future…

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