‘Holy C***’- Jessica Pegula Dumbfounded by ‘Crazy Stat’ After a Spectacular Start At the WTA Finals

Published 10/30/2023, 7:41 AM EDT

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In the high-stakes arena of the WTA Finals in Cancun, Jessica Pegula’s performance against Elena Rybakina raised eyebrows, but not just for the on-court prowess she displayed. While the match was a testament to her form this year. A staggering revelation about her record came to light post-match, leaving many, including Pegula, astounded. Is there a secret formula behind her securing the initial set, and what does it mean for her opponents? Dive in to uncover this intriguing trend.

As the tennis world turns its eyes to the WTA Finals in Cancun, two formidable talents, Maria Sakkari and Jessica Pegula, stand out. With a head-to-head record that keeps fans on edge, their paths to this prestigious tournament tell tales of triumphs, milestones, and intense rivalry. But as Pegula’s recent winning streak faces off against Sakkari’s Grand Slam feats, who will steal the limelight in this next chapter of their captivating story?

Jessica Pegula’s unyielding dominance shines at WTA finals debut in Cancun

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Jessica Pegula’s phenomenal streak continues as she marks her debut at the WTA Finals in Cancun. With a resounding win over Elena Rybakina on Sunday, October 29, a match that showcased her impressive 2023 record. Down 5-3 in the first set, Pegula showcased her tenacity, winning four consecutive games to snatch the set 7-5 before sealing the match 6-2. Pegula clinched the set by securing four consecutive games, leaving her opponent, the Kazakh, on the back foot with her precise ball-hitting. The latter amassed a total of 35 unforced errors during their encounter. This recent victory not only adds to her tour-leading 42 hard-court wins but also reaffirms an incredible statistic. Every time Pegula has taken the first set this year, she’s secured the match.

Post-match, The Tennis Letter posted a video where a journalist informed her about her undefeated 48-0 record after clinching the opening set, an astonished Pegula responded, “Really? Oh wow. Holy crap.” she added, “All are like if i won the first set i am gone get things tight.” That incredulous reaction underscores her humble approach, despite what is becoming a hallmark of her games – she looks to stay grounded and keep moving. She further added, “That’s a crazy stat.”

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As Pegula rides high on her recent accomplishments, her journey ahead in the tournament promises more intense action. With her track record and a keen competitive spirit, the next matchup with Maria Sakkari is keenly awaited.

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Maria Sakkari vs Jessica Pegula: a riveting rivalry resumes at the WTA finals

With nine career meetings, Sakkari (world no. 9) edges out Pegula (world no. 5) with a H2H of 5-4. Their fierce rivalry has seen dramatic clashes. Pegula triumphed 6-2, 6-3 at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, while Sakkari countered with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win at the Mubadala City DC Open in Washington. Pegula’s recent hot streak includes five consecutive wins, contrasting Sakkari’s two from her last five matches. As they gear up for the WTA Finals, Cancun, predicting a victor, given their intertwined history and form, remains tantalizingly uncertain.

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Maria Sakkari and Jessica Pegula, two remarkable talents on the WTA Tour, have carved significant milestones in their careers. Sakkari has a WTA title from the 2019 Morocco Open and a Grand Slam semifinal appearance at the 2021 French Open. She also made headlines in 2022 with the WTA 1000 finals at Indian Wells. On the other hand, Pegula has clinched four singles titles and made a mark in all Grand Slam quarterfinals. She further solidified her prominence in doubles with a world No. 1 ranking in 2023.

Jessica Pegula’s meteoric rise in tennis, marked by her recent Cancun win, showcases her indomitable spirit. As she gears up to face Sakkari, will anyone challenge her unbeaten streak after taking the first set?

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Akshata Aditya Rajmane is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Right from her early childhood, Akshata has been a sports enthusiast, following a variety of sports, including badminton, tennis, and soccer. Although she is an ardent fan of the "Big Three", at ES, she is focused on covering the off-court activities of the biggest ATP and WTA stars.
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