Puerto Ricans Are Going Absolutely Nuts After Their First Gold Medal Win

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All hail Monica Puig.

Puerto Rican Monica Puig stunned the tennis world — and presumably herself — on Saturday night when she defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber to win gold in the women’s singles at the Rio Olympics.

Puerto Rican Monica Puig stunned the tennis world — and presumably herself — on Saturday night when she defeated Germany's Angelique Kerber to win gold in the women's singles at the Rio Olympics.

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Kerber, the number two ranked female tennis player in the world, had been heavily favored to defeat Puig, who is ranked 34th.

Kerber, the number two ranked female tennis player in the world, had been heavily favored to defeat Puig, who is ranked 34th.

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But Puig defeated the German 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, taking home Puerto Rico’s first-ever Olympic gold medal.

But Puig defeated the German 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, taking home Puerto Rico's first-ever Olympic gold medal.

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Wrapped in the Puerto Rican flag, Puig was visibly moved after the win. “I”m speechless,” she said. “I wanted it so bad.”

Wrapped in the Puerto Rican flag, Puig was visibly moved after the win. “I”m speechless,” she said. “I wanted it so bad.”

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