Jessica Pegula dominated the court, securing her spot in the final of the WTA Finals in Mexico, with a resounding victory over US Open champion, Coco Gauff. She clinched a 6-2 6-1 win in just one hour over her fellow American, even with the wet and windy conditions in Cancun.
The other semi-final between Igi Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka was postponed due to rain, with Swiatek leading 2-1 when the game was interrupted. The final has now been rescheduled to take place on Monday.
Poland’s Swiatek has the opportunity to seize the top position in the women’s rankings if she beats the Belarusian and goes on to win the event, potentially dethroning Sabalenka. However, Sabalenka is set to retain her world number one rank if she reaches the final.
World number five Pegula, 29, made six out of her 10 break point chances and lost serve just once against 19-year-old Gauff, who currently holds the third spot in the women’s rankings.
Pegula expressed her elation, saying, “It’s probably my biggest final ever,” and expressed confidence going into the next year following her victory.
Rain constantly interrupted the game, but Pegula continued to dominate against Gauff by executing a game plan with precision. Gauff struggled amidst the windy and rainy conditions, committing 25 unforced errors.
Pegula stated, “I executed what I wanted to do really well. In the windy conditions, I think it worked even better. I was just trying not to get frustrated with my serve or returns or any funky kind of points that we had and just to keep my feet moving.”
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