Sunday, 13 October, 2019

Pegula defeats Giorgi to capture first WTA title

Jessica Pegula poses with a trophy and her dog Maddie after defeating Camila Giorgi of Italy in a final match at the Citi Open tennis tournament Sunday Aug. 4 2019 in Washington Pegula, daughter of Bills owners, wins Citi Open
Shannon Reynolds | 05 August, 2019, 05:10

The D.C. was led by stars like Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, but no seeds made the semifinals and only one (Hsieh) even made the quarters, leaving the event ripe for a new champion, and this victory went to the 79th-ranked Pegula.

Serving for the title at 5-2, the American held at 15 to cross the finish line and start an emotional celebration of her career-best result in front of the home fans.

Jessica lost the previous eight title matched and Sunday was her day to finally celebrate the first crown, toppling Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2 in 59 minutes to join the first-time winners on the Tour in 2019. This is what you work for: to win tournaments.

Pegula recently began working with David Witt, Venus Williams' former coach.

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"But, you know, the journey - it sounds cliche, the journey makes it all that much sweeter", added the 25-year-old. "This final, I felt like I was just ready", said Pegula, who dropped to her knees on court after the final point, then celebrated with her dog, Maddie, during the trophy ceremony.

Pegula had earned a comeback win over Iga Swiatek and ousted Anna Kalinskaya in a three-set semi-final win.

Pegula improved to 3-1 overall against 62nd-ranked Giorgi, but they had not played since 2012 until Sunday. She then obtained a second break after another miscue from Giorgi, polishing off the set with a forehand victor.

"Kind of helped me realize to compete for every single point and not really take off any games, take off any points", she said, "and just keep that same mindset the whole time".

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