The spectators told Monica Puig they believed she could win Puerto Rico's first Olympic gold medal in any sport, providing a soundtrack of "Si se puede!" — "Yes, we can!" — during the Rio de Janeiro Games women's tennis final.
She could. And she did.
The unseeded and unheralded Puig capped her run of upsets with the biggest one of all Saturday, overpowering No. 2 Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 to become the Olympic champion.
"I did hear everybody saying, "Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can!' I kept repeating it inside myself: 'Yes, I can! Yes, I can! Yes, I can!'" Puig said. "They really helped me...