WTA Tour: 5 Exciting Young Players to Watch in 2017

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Aug 13, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Monica Puig (PUR) celebrates with her gold medal after defeating Angelique Kerber (GER) during the women /

WTA Tour 2017

Monica Puig

Monica Puig made a splash in 2016 when she upset Angelique Kerber at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio. She came away with the gold medal in women’s singles tennis.

At just 23-years-old, Puig saw herself break into the top 30 on the WTA Tour in September of 2016. Now, she is poised to make a run higher in the rankings in 2017. Beyond her impressive play at the Summer Olympics, the Puerto Rican tennis player also played well at the 2017 Australian and French Open.

Her strong play in Grand Slams, and high profile tournaments such as the Olympics, make her a player to watch in 2017.

Puig even hosted an exhibition match this offseason where she defeated former world No. 1 and tennis superstar Maria Sharapova. Look for her to standout on the 2017 WTA Tour.