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Incredible Olympic moment as unseeded Puerto Rican Monica Puig wins women's tennis final

The 22-year-old caused a huge upset as she beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber to claim her country’s very first gold medal.

Image: Charles Krupa

MONICA PUIG WON Puerto Rico’s first ever Olympic gold medal when she defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the women’s tennis singles final.

The 22-year-old Florida-based Puig defied her ranking of 34 to get the better of world number two and Australian Open champion Kerber.

Puig is the first woman from the Caribbean island to win a medal of any sort.

Before her golden breakthrough, Puerto Rico had won just eight Olympic medals, two silver and six bronze. Six of that total had come in boxing.

Victory for Puig came in a dramatic seventh game of the final set when she saved six break points before taking gold on a fourth match point when a Kerber forehand sailed wide.

© AFP 2016

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