Jessia Pegula was the last player to beat Iga Swiatek by a margin when she downed her at the United Cup 6-2 6-2 earlier this year and she's confident about doing that again.
Swiatek got the better of Pegula a few times in the past and one of those even came after that United Cup win of Pegula. It was in the Doha final recently when the Polish player smashed her opponent 6-3 6-0 to exact revenge for the United Cup loss.
She's definitely not invincible in my mind. I have played her in pretty close matches. But obviously, with her winning, you know, a lot of matches and the streak she went on last year, yeah, she definitely was feeling it for a while there. But it definitely helps. I think it helps just knowing what I have to do to win, knowing what worked, what didn't work.
The American is certainly not one to shy away from any kind of challenge and it's the reason why her career progressed the way it has. From a player that wasn't considered anything special, Pegula worked her way to being the 3rd best player in the world last year. The win over Swiatek at the United Cup is something Pegula explained as flawless tennis.
You know, I played a pretty flawless match, to be honest, that match. I kind of did everything I wanted to do was just working. Some days are like that and you take it. But I think, you know, obviously there was a lot of different, the conditions were different, courts are pretty fast, and I think it maybe favored me a little bit.
Pegula would like another crack at Swiatek because she embraced the challenge of playing those who are best. Playing at home would certainly boost her chances by a little bit at least.