Monica Puig beats Angelique Kerber in three sets to win Olympic gold

BY Allyssa Lee • November 15, 2016

Monica Puig earned Puerto Rico's first gold medal ever, beating Germany's Angelique Kerber at the Rio Olympics women's singles tennis final on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Puig bested world No. 2 and reigning Australian Open champion Kerber in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Puig was 5-0 in the last set but the resilient Kerber would not back down so easily, and the 28-year-old clawed her way back to win two games.

But Puig stayed resilient and walked off the court a gold-medal winner.

The 34th-ranked Puig is the first unseeded women's singles gold medalist since tennis returned to the Olympics in 1988.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic won the bronze. 

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