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Puig: Didn't Hear Threats to Wozniacki Supporters


Miami resident Monica Puig continues her hometown roll.

The 82-ranked Puig defeated Maria Sakkari, T6-3, 7-5, to reach the Miami Open round of 16.

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The Olympic gold-medal champion backed up her inspired 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback conquest of Caroline Wozniacki in a raucous night match.

The day after that defeat, 2017 finalist Wozniacki tweeted some members of the pro-Puig crowd threatened her parents and cursed at her fiancé's young niece and nephew.

Asked to address the crowd controversy today, Puig said she didn't hear anything and hasn't spoken to Wozniacki about it.

"Honestly, I didn't hear anything," Puig said. "The crowd was very emotional and very excited the previous night. But I can't say. I didn't hear anything."

The 24-year-old Puig will play American qualifier Danielle Collins for a place in the quarterfinals.

Since Hurricane Maria ravaged her native Puerto Rico, Puig has raised funds to help the island's recovery efforts. CNN reports there are still about 100,000 people without power in Puerto Rico. Puig said several family members have returned to Puerto Rico and believes the recovery effort is making progress. 

"I do have family in Puerto Rico. Most of them came over to Miami for a bit while things were quite bad in Puerto Rico," Puig said. "As things started to progress, they've gone back home. They've dealt with the situations.

I" think things are slowly but surely getting better, so that's good. I know it's not going to be an instant click. I'm hoping by the end of this year things will hopefully be returning to normal."

Puig says though she lives in Miami, her heart belongs to her island homeland.

"Yes, you're right, this is the place that I've made my home for the past 23 and a half years," Puig said. "It's always exciting to come over here. But I think everybody knows where my heart belongs to, and that's to Puerto Rico. While I may live in Miami, I definitely consider Puerto Rico to be my home."

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