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Puerto Rican Puig upsets Kvitova to enter Rio tennis final

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Puerto Rican tennis player Monica Puig qualified for the women‘s tennis final at the Rio Olympics on Friday by beating the Czech world number 14 Petra Kvitova 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals.

The upset win by the world‘s number 37 will assure Puig at least a silver medal - the first Olympic tennis medal for her country, and the first Olympic medal for a Puerto Rican woman.

In the previous round, Puig had defeated Spain‘s top player Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-1.

In Puig‘s match against double Wimbledon champion Kvitova, Puig lost her serve at the start of the contest and was behind 3-0. But she rallied to win the opening set 6-4 after 36 minutes.

Kvitova returned to form in the second set, taking the score to 6-1 in 35 minutes.

But the Puerto Rican hit back in the final set. After a battle for the eighth game which won over the Brazilian fans for Puig, the Puerto Rican sealed her victory after one hour and 53 minutes.

Puig, who jumped with excitement upon her victory, will play for gold Saturday against the winner of the match between Germany‘s Angelique Kerber and US player Madison Keys.

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