by Denise Saul
August 31, 2015 ~ Flushing Meadows, NY ~ 21-year-old Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, gave No.23 seed and former champion Venus Williams, the winner of seven Grand Slam singles titles all she could handle. Puig battled back from triple-match point in a second-set tiebreaker but couldn’t carry that momentum into the third set and fell, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3.
Still, when you look at the athleticism of Puig, you can’t help but wonder how soon before she turns these types of losses into winning matches. “I have the potential.” Puig said after the match. “It shows I have the potential to play against a player like that and give them a huge battle.”