Mutua Madrid Open: Jessica Pegula sets Ons Jabeur meeting in title showdown

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Mutua Madrid Open: Jessica Pegula sets Ons Jabeur meeting in title showdown

Jessica Pegula and Ons Jabeur will play for the Mutua Madrid Open title after winning their respective semi-final on Thursday. Pegula defeated Jil Teichmann 6-3, 6-4 in their semi-final clash in 81 minutes in what was the last match of the day and which ended in the early hours of Friday.

Pegula won almost 63% of her first-serve points and 69% of her second-serve points. The Swiss, meanwhile, won 55% of her first-serve points and 50% of her second-serve points. The 12th seed saved two of the four break points she faced while converting four break points on Teichmann’s serve.

Speaking with the press following the match, Pegula said, “(Teichmann is) a super tricky lefty. It was hard because I felt like I couldn’t get a rhythm, really. Maybe the start of the first set she came out a little nervous and I was able to come out strong, which helped, but it was just tricky today”.

Mutua Madrid Open: Ons Jabeur and Jessica Pegula's maiden final

Earlier, in the first semi-final, the eighth-seeded Jabeur beat Ekaterina Alexandrova, 6-2, 6-3 in a minute past the hour mark. The win marked Jabeur’s only second win over her opponent, who’d qualified for the main draw.

Prior to this encounter, Alexandrova held a 6-1 win-to-loss record against Jabeur. Jabeur won 81% of her first-serve points to Alexandrova’s 63% and 59% of her second-serve points to the latter’s 44%. The Tunisian faced three break points and saved two of these while converting four of the five break points she had on Alexandrova’s serve.

Jabeur hit 13 winners and had nine unforced errors while Alexandrova had 11 winners and 23 unforced errors. For both Jessica Pegula and Ons Jabeur, the Mutua Madrid Open will be the first final of a WTA 1000 tournament they will be contesting.

Likewise, this will be the fifth meeting between the two players with both having won two matches each. However, it’s been Jabeur who’s won their most recent encounters, coming in 2021 and 2022 at the Chicago Open and Dubai Open, respectively. Photo Credit: Mutua Madrid Open Twitter