Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

Jessica Pegula stretched her profitable streak to eight matches and clinched a spot within the semi-finals of the WTA Finals with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Maria Sakkari on Thursday evening in Mexico.

A 12 months after going 0-3 within the round-robin singles play on the occasion, Pegula went 3-0 in Cancun, together with a win over No 1-ranked Aryna Sabalenka. Pegula, the fifth seed within the event, has not but misplaced a set.

The late match between Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina is to be completed on Friday morning after rain delayed it quite a few instances. In a rematch of the Australian Open remaining received by Sabalenka, the top-ranked participant led Rybakina 6-2 3-5 when play was suspended.

Aryna Sabalenka’s match with Elena Rybakina will resume on Friday

The winner will be part of Pegula within the semi-finals, qualifying out of the Bacalar Group. Sabalenka will retain her No 1 rating if she goes undefeated in round-robin play or makes the ultimate.

Additionally on Friday, Iga Swiatek faces Ons Jabeur, whereas Coco Gauff performs Marketa Vondrousova to find out who will progress from the Chetumal Group.

Iga Swiatek is again in motion on Friday and hoping to e book a semi-final spot

Swiatek is inside touching distance of the final 4 after profitable each of her matches – however all 4 gamers might nonetheless qualify.

Towards Sakkari, Pegula dominated second serves, profitable on 11 of 19 second serves and 19 of 30 second-serve returns (Sakkari received simply eight of 19).

Pegula additionally made about half as many unforced errors – 18 to Sakkari’s 35 – on a windy night that featured some rain early and so much late.

The 29-year-old will play within the semi-finals on Saturday.

“Getting by means of 3-0 is actually sort of a cool accomplishment, particularly coming off of final 12 months, the place it was the other,” stated Pegula.

Sakkari was already eradicated earlier than taking part in Pegula; she misplaced all three matches, not profitable a set.

“That is not the way in which I needed my season to finish,” Sakkari stated. “I feel that bodily and mentally, I used to be paying a toll for the way a lot I travelled and the way a lot I performed and the way emotional this season was.”

WTA concedes Finals ‘not an ideal occasion’ after participant complaints

The complaints in regards to the Cancun occasion have delivered to a head widespread dissatisfaction with the way in which the WTA has been managing the tour

The WTA has conceded that this 12 months’s version of the tour Finals is “not an ideal occasion” and signalled modifications to the operation of the circuit after a collection of complaints from high gamers about how they’re handled.

WTA chief Steve Simon stated the late number of the Mexican resort of Cancun to host the WTA’s showpiece event was “based mostly on a lot of sophisticated elements”.

“It’s clear you aren’t proud of the choice to be right here in Cancun. I perceive that and you’ve got been heard,” he wrote in a letter to the gamers leaked to Sports activities Illustrated, after thanking the gamers for attending a gathering in Cancun.

“It isn’t an ideal occasion, we perceive the situations are a problem and the WTA accepts accountability for that.”

Cancun was named as venue for the $9m event, which brings collectively the highest eight singles gamers and doubles partnerships to conclude the season, lower than two months earlier than it began on October 29.

Bencic publicizes she is anticipating her first youngster

Olympic tennis champion Belinda Bencic is anticipating her first youngster.

The 26-year-old Swiss participant and her accomplice Martin Hromkovic, a former skilled soccer participant who can also be her health coach, introduced the information on their Instagram accounts on Friday.

“Anticipating our little miracle quickly! We won’t wait to fulfill you,” Bencic wrote.

She didn’t state when their child is due or any plans to return to taking part in with subsequent 12 months’s Olympic tennis event beginning on July 27 in Paris at Roland Garros.

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