Muguruza beaten by Puig

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Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza was hammered 6-1, 6-1 by Puerto Rico’s Mónica Puig at the women’s singles Olympic tennis event.

Competing in her first ever Olympic Games, 22-year-old Puig notched her first ever victory over a top-five player against the number-four ranked Muguruza to claim the biggest win of her career.

Puig got off to a lightning fast start as she broke Muguruza twice en route to taking the opening set 6-1.

Muguruza was unable to alter the momentum in the second stanza as Puig’s dominance continued. The Puerto Rican was clinical in closing out the match by taking the second set 6-1.

Speaking after, Puig admitted she had surprised herself by upsetting Muguruza- one of the pre-tournament favourites.

“I consider it the biggest win of my career because it’s at the Olympics,” she beamed.

“This happens once every four years. Right now, I’m in the clouds. I can’t even believe it because truly it was incredible.”

A feature of Puig’s performance was her patience. While the scoreline might suggest that she blew her opponent away, that was not the case at all.

She remained in points for as long as possible and allowed Muguruza to self-implode.

The Spaniard struck 29 unforced errors and served-up seven double faults.

Elsewhere in the women’s draw, Great Britain’s Johanna Konta showed immense courage to come from behind and beat Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in a grueling encounter.

While there were also wins for Germany’s Laura Siegemund, Russia’s Daria Kasatkina, Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitová and USA’s Madison Keys over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, Italy’s Sara Errani, Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro respectively.

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