Puig learning to deal with Olympic success

Monica Puig admits she is only just starting to adjust to her new-found fame following her gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

Puig won Puerto Rico's first-ever Olympic gold medal by beating current world number one Angelique Kerber last month, but has since suffered first-round defeats at the US Open and Wuhan Open.

The 23-year-old competed in the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore, and revealed: "It was hard when you go from being a rising star to actually living up to that title.

"It's not something I'm used to, winning something this big, then having to continue and keep going. I will officially be always labelled the 'Olympic gold medallist'. I'm getting used to that.

"(When I won) it took me a while to go to sleep and actually calm my thoughts and not replay that moment over and over again.

"I would have loved to have some down time, give my body a little bit of a breather to catch up with everything that has happened. I've had to go at a really fast rate to get my body back into shape, to focus on the tournaments and tell everybody, 'Don't celebrate too much'."

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