Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

Jessica Pegula stormed previous doubles accomplice Coco Gauff to achieve the showpiece of the WTA Finals in Cancun – earlier than rain suspended the second semi-final between Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek.

There’ll now be a Monday end in Mexico with world No 1 Sabalenka and world No 2 Swiatek to renew their conflict on Sunday – Swiatek was 2-1 up within the first set earlier than play was halted.

Pegula was in supreme kind earlier within the day as she beat Gauff 6-2 6-1 in precisely an hour to report her fourth straight victory on the 2023 Finals, a yr after dropping all three of her matches and being eradicated within the group stage.

The world No 5 has not but misplaced a set over the course of round-robin victories over Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina and Maria Sakkari and now her conquer US Open champion Gauff within the final 4.

Pegula transformed six of the ten break factors she engineered, with Gauff hampered by 22 unforced errors as two American gamers confronted one another within the semi-finals of this occasion for the primary time since Serena Williams beat Jennifer Capriati in 2002.

Iga Swiatek was 2-1 up within the first set earlier than her semi-final with world No 1 Aryna Sabalenka was suspended resulting from rain

Pegula will now have a day’s relaxation forward of “her greatest closing ever” however feels she will likely be thought of the “underdog” when she faces Sabalenka or Swiatek on Monday.

“It is in all probability my greatest closing ever, it’ll give me a number of confidence going into subsequent yr,” added the 29-year-old.

“I do not suppose I contemplate myself the favorite, contemplating the 2 women (Sabalenka and Swiatek) are ranked forward of me.

“I am going to in all probability be thought of the underdog, though I am enjoying nice tennis.”

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