Wimbledon 2013: Fifth seed Sara Errani first major casualty after shock win by Monica Puig
Monday 24 June 2013
Fifth seed Sara Errani became the first major casualty of this year's Wimbledon as she was upset by teenager Monica Puig.
Italian Errani, who reached the semi-finals of the recent French Open before losing to eventual winner Serena Williams, went down 6-3 6-2 to her Puerto Rican opponent.
Puig did have the form for an upset however, having sent Nadia Petrova to a first-round defeat in Paris.
And the trick was repeated again today as 19-year-old Puig, ranked 60 places below Errani in the world at 65th, overcame some late jitters to cash in a seventh match point before breaking down in tears.
She hit a total of 35 winners against her stunned opponent, who was perhaps still reeling from taking just one game from Williams at Roland Garros.
Despite her top-level success consisting largely of the victory over Petrova and now this one, Puig has become a sporting national hero in Puerto Rico.
Even though she moved to Miami as a child, she retains strong links with her home town of Hato Rey, and is following in the footsteps of the well-respected Gigi Fernandez.
A former Wimbledon semi-finalist, Olympic winner and multiple grand slam doubles champion, Fernandez put Puerto Rico on the map as a tennis nation and Puig is keen to make a similar impression.
Today's game was streamed live on two television channels at home, and she said: "I moved to America at a relatively early age but I never forget where I am from and return there every single summer.
"My grandparents still live there and I am very proud to be one of the only tennis players from Puerto Rico.
"Everyone will have been watching. It was live on TV and I am a bit of a hero there and it's great that tennis is becoming bigger.
"I am obviously trying to go down the way Gigi Fernandez did, but more as a singles player."
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