Swiatek Thrashes Pegula To Win WTA Finals And Regain World No. 1 Spot

Swiatek Thrashes Pegula To Win WTA Finals And Regain World No. 1 Spot

by Erik Virostko

Iga Swiatek won the 2023 WTA Finals by beating Jessica Pegula in the final, and she did it as she usually does, in a dominant fashion.

Despite having a really amazing season, many though the young Polish player was a bit behind compared to the last year, but she has actually managed to record more victories, and that's also thanks to the 2023 WTA Finals.

Swiatek entered the tournament as the world no. 2, but soon after the round-robin stage, she set up a world no. 1 showdown with Aryna Sabalenka. She defeated the Belarusian, getting a chance to take the world no. 1 spot from her.

To do that, she needed to beat Jessica Pegula in the final, and since the American has been quite impressive over the event, it was expected to be a real fight, but once again, the Pole stepped up her level.

Swiatek equaled Justine Henin's record from 2007, by reaching the final while dropping only 19 games. After the final, she broke the record for least games lost, since she completely outplayed her opponent.

Both players started the match by holding onto their serve, but soon after that, a one-woman story started from the 22-year-old. Pegula could simply find no answers to Swiatek's questions, and the scoreboard showed it.

After holding their serves in the opening two games, the world no. 2 won five consecutive games in the first set to win it 6-1 and gain an important advantage in the final match.

If Pegula thought that she would be able to recover from that one-set deficit, she was wrong and it was thanks to her opponent's incredible play.

Swiatek just couldn't stop as she won another six consecutive games, making it 11 consecutive games since 1-1 in the opening set to beat Pegula 6-1, 6-0, and win the 2023 WTA Finals.

As a result, she will return to the world no. 1 spot in the rankings, taking it from Aryna Sabalenka who reigned for eight weeks.


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