Olympic champion Puig sets sights on grand slam victory

Sun Aug 28, 2016 3:44pm EDT
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By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Put the rubbish out, get the shopping done, win an Olympic gold medal.

That was the to-do list of Monica Puig, the 22-year-old whose victory in the women’s singles in Rio earlier this month made her the first ever Puerto Rican to win Olympic gold.

It was an unlikely but fully-deserved win for the world number 34, catapulting her to hero status and making her a role model for young people in the island Commonwealth that is enduring tough economic times.

Now Puig wants to capitalize on her victory, both on and off the court.

“I know that there’s no doubt in my mind that I can probably win a grand slam because the Olympics was one,” she told Reuters at Flushing Meadows on Sunday, on the eve of the U.S. Open.

“It just doesn’t have the title grand slam but the best players in the world were there, including Serena (Williams).

“I won the biggest thing on my to-do list and I just want to keep knocking off other ones, and that would be to win a grand slam.”

Confident but at-ease despite all the new-found attention, Puig is still coming to terms with her stunning victory in Rio.   Continued...

Tennis player and gold medallist Monica Puig (2nd L) greets the crowd while riding on a bus with wrestler Jaime Espinal (L),  President of the Olympic Committee of Puerto Rico Sara Rosario (2nd R) and athlete Javier Culson during a welcome ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Alvin Baez