Maria Sharapova Beaten by Monica Puig in Puerto Rico Tennis Exhibition

Maria Sharapova continued to prepare for her return to the WTA circuit on Thursday, 15th of December 2016, losing a tennis exhibition match to the gold medal Olympic champion Monica Puig in Puerto Rico. (6-3 1-6 10-6).

A crowd of approximately 12,000 gathered to watch the Monica Puig Invitational with many over the moon to see the former world number one and five times Grand Slam champion playing in their country for the first time.

The tennis exhibition took place in the capital San Juan.

Maria Sharapova.

Pictures: The Press Conference before the Match

Maria with the microphone talking.
Monica with the microphone talking.
Monica. (Left). Maria. (Right).
Maria talking to the media.

More Pictures of Monica and Maria. (During and After the Match).

Maria Sharapova Smiling.
Monica holding her national flag.
The hug after the match.
The two players.

After the match Monica Puig took to Twitter saying “@MariaSharapova thanks for giving me the opportunity to get to know you these days, showing you my home and all the laughs! We did it!”

Maria replied "Thank you for the nice words. We did it and YOU killed it! Congrats on an amazing event, Puerto Rico is a special place."

17th of December 2016.