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Monica Puig claims Puerto Rico’s first ever gold

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Monica Puig (PUR) of Puerto Rico celebrates

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ByBen Snowball
13/08/2016 at 21:52 | Updated 13/08/2016 at 23:09
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Monica Puig won Puerto Rico’s first ever Olympic gold medal with a stunning triumph over world No.2 Angelique Kerber.

The unseeded 22-year-old – also her nation’s first woman to win a medal of any colour – completed her fairy tale with a 6-4 4-6 6-1 destruction of her German rival.

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Her aggressive style was too much for Kerber, who could only mount resistance from 5-0 behind in the third set.

Puig fended off a flurry of break points in the final game before eventually sealing the most unlikely of victories with her fourth match point.

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