CRESTS and troughs are part of every athlete’s career and Monica Puig epitomises just that.
At the Rio Games in August, the 23-year-old reached the zenith of her career as she beat Angelique Kerber in the final to become the first gold medallist from Puerto Rico.
Expectations soared high after that, but her career has hit a nadir — as the Rio success was immediately followed by a first-round loss to China’s Zheng Saisai at the US Open.
She also lost in the opening round in Wuhan and Beijing and quarterfinal in Tokyo and Tianjin.
Her 2017 campaign has also hit a roadblock with opening round loses in Brisbane and Sydney, followed by a round-of-64 exit in the Australian Open.
Puig, who is in Doha for the Qatar Total Open, admitted that it took her some time for the Olympic feeling to sink in.
“It was the first time that the Puerto Rican national anthem had been played at the Olympic Village. And then, I had to hit the straps even before that winning feeling had completely sunk in,” Puig recalled her moment of glory.
Puig said it was time for her pull up her socks as big events like the Miami Open are lined up in her cramped schedule.
“I’ve worked a lot on my fitness and turned my attention to movements on the court. These are the areas I need to work on. There’s still lot of scope for improvement. I’m a good learner and I can improve in every aspect of my game,” Puig added.