#PicaPower Prevails In Strasbourg

Monica Puig served up a storm in the Internationaux de Strasbourg final to not only win her first WTA title, but pull off another, even bigger first - what was it?

Published May 24, 2014 12:15

#PicaPower Prevails In Strasbourg
Monica Puig

STRASBOURG, France - Monica Puig, whose tweets often include the #PicaPower hashtag, won the first WTA title of her blossiming career at the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Saturday, serving up a storm to defeat Sílvia Soler-Espinosa and become the first Puerto Rican player ever to win a WTA title.

The Plot
Puig, whose best results on the WTA before this week were three quarterfinals - two last year, one earlier this year - had already broken new ground by making the semifinals here, and again by making the final, and as one of the WTA's most promising rising stars, she was hungry to go all the way.

But Soler-Espinosa was hungry too - after back-to-back marathons against Camila Giorgi and Christina McHale she was playing on a new breath of life, and in her own first career WTA final as well.

The Turning Point
There was absolutely no turning point on Puig's serve during the match, that's for sure - the Puerto Rican not only held all nine of her service games, she was never even pushed past 30 in any of them, in fact giving up a total of just nine points on her delivery (and two of those were on double faults).

On top of that, Soler-Espinosa's serve was vulnerable - Puig broke three times in the match, once in the very first game of the match and then twice more in the second set, including in the final game.

At the end of the day it was the fiery Puerto Rican who got the better of the Spaniard, 6-4, 6-3.

"I woke up this morning and I felt it. I felt I was going to do something amazing," Puig said. "It was one of those feelings where you just know it's going to happen, and I played some of the greatest tennis I've ever played. I was very focused and very poised on the court, and I'm very happy how things went.

"I remember saying I wanted to win a WTA this year, so I'm going to have to find another goal now."

Puig was also asked how proud she was to bring the first WTA title of her career back to Puerto Rico.

"It's amazing to do this coming from such a small island, where tennis isn't necessarily recognized as one of the main sports. But all of the athletes there always represent their country as best they can, and I'm just happy I'm able to be here playing tennis not only for myself, but for my country too."

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