Pegula Dominates Coco Gauff drives into WTA Finals Mexico Final

Jessica Pegula delivered a dominant performance in the season-ending WTA Finals in Mexico, effortlessly defeating her fellow American and US Open champion, Coco Gauff. In challenging conditions marked by rain and gusty winds in Cancun, Pegula clinched a convincing 6-2, 6-1 victory in just one hour.

Unfortunately, the other semi-final match between Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka had to be postponed due to the persistent rain. Swiatek had a 2-1 lead when the decision was made to halt the match, with the rescheduled final now slated for Monday.

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Poland’s Swiatek has an opportunity to overtake Sabalenka at the summit of the women’s rankings if she manages to defeat the Belarusian and subsequently secure victory in the tournament. Meanwhile, Sabalenka can maintain her world number-one ranking if she advances to the final.

Currently ranked fifth in the world, Pegula capitalized on six of her ten break-point opportunities and lost her serve just once, demonstrating her prowess against the 19-year-old Gauff, who stands third in the women’s rankings.

“It’s probably my biggest final ever,” stated Pegula after winning. “It’s going to give me a lot of confidence going into next year.”

Play was stopped by rain twice in the second set, but Pegula prevailed against Gauff, who committed 25 unforced errors.

“I executed what I wanted to do really well,” said Pegula. “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.”

Dominic Spinley

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