Iga Swiatek Beats Sabalenka, Will Face Pegula in WTA Finals

Iga Swiatek ranked second, showcased her prowess by defeating world number one Aryna Sabalenka with a commanding score of 6-3, 6-2, securing her spot in the WTA Finals title match.

Her opponent in the final will be the undefeated Jessica Pegula. By overcoming the reigning Australian Open champion, Swiatek prevented Sabalenka from sealing the year-end top ranking.

Now, Swiatek, the reigning French Open champion, has the opportunity to reclaim the year-end world number one position if she can outplay American Pegula in the upcoming championship match. Pegula earned her spot in the final by defeating Coco Gauff in a decisive 6-2, 6-1 victory.

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With an impressive win streak of nine matches, Pegula is determined to make her mark at the WTA Finals. Although Swiatek holds a 5-3 career advantage over Pegula, the American has shown her mettle by winning two of their three encounters this year.

A thrilling championship match awaits, with Swiatek seeking to maintain her year-end world number-one status.

Sabalenka had claimed the top ranking two months ago, but her hopes now hinge on Pegula’s performance in the final.

Swiatek previously defeated Pegula in this year’s Doha final. In their most recent meeting, Swiatek also overcame Gauff, who was nursing a right shoulder injury at the time.

Unfortunately, Gauff couldn’t achieve the feat of being the first teenager to secure multiple wins at a WTA Finals event since Serbian Ana Ivanovic in 2007.

Iga Swiatek’s Determination

“In the second set, obviously, it got more tight,” Swiatek said. “I was happy I stayed focused. I had plenty of chances in her first service games to break back, but I knew somehow I would use one of those chances.”

Swiatek said, “I would say this match wasn’t consistent, in terms of the level”. “So for sure adjusting to everything that happened was the most important thing.”

Three-time Roland Garros champion Swiatek, who won the US Open last year, now has a 9-1 record versus Gauff. Gauff’s single victory in the rivalry came in August in the Cincinnati semifinals, just before she won her first major championship in New York.

“I’m happy that I could actually problem solve a little the way to win these last games,” Swiatek said. “The key was maybe being confident and mentally not focusing on the score, but really just sticking with the plan that worked in the first set.”

Dominic Spinley

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