Jessica Pegula defeated Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to seize her first profession WTA 1000 title on the Guadalajara Open.
The 28-year-old American defeated 4 Grand Slam champions en path to her second profession title and the primary since 2019, when she received in Washington.
Sakkari was off her recreation after having to play towards Marie Bouzkova earlier Sunday as a result of their semifinal match Saturday night time was postponed due to rain. The Greek participant rested solely round 4 hours between matches.
Sakkari, who on Friday secured the final berth for the WTA Finals in Texas, was making an attempt to seize her first title since 2019.
Pegula, who now has a career-best 41 wins in 2022, certified for the season-ending event final week in San Diego.
Along with her efficiency this week in Mexico, the American participant will rise to a career-best No. 3 within the WTA rankings Monday. She is presently fifth.
In Mexico, Pegula saved three match factors towards Elena Rybakina, the reigning Wimbledon champion, in her opening match, then eradicated US Open champions Bianca Andreescu (2019) and Sloane Stephens (2017). She beat two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka within the semifinals.
The American received a double break early within the first set to take a 5-2 lead after which consolidated along with her serve to dominate the set in simply 27 minutes.
Pegula broke Sakkari’s first serve within the second set to take a 3-1 lead after which added two extra breaks within the seventh and ninth video games to complete the match.
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