On Saturday, rain affected play quite badly at the Canadian Open in Montreal. The semi-final between Elena Rybakina and Liudmila Samsonova had to be cancelled and rescheduled for Sunday. However, in the other semi-final that was held, Jessica Pegula made her way into the final after ousting Iga Swiatek, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4 after exactly two hours and 30 minutes.
This was the eighth time Pegula and Swiatek were playing against each other in their career and the third time in 2023. Their encounters this year had seen both players evenly split the rivalry, with Pegula winning their clash at the United Cup in January while the Pole avenged this loss, at the Doha Open.
Overall, the world no. 1 had a good 5-2 lead against the American going for her.
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In their semi-final though Pegula changed the pattern of Swiatek’s dominance.
She raced through the first and even had a chance to serve for the match in the 10th game of the second set to upset the Pole in straight sets. However, the top seed got the break back against her opponent and the set remained on level terms long enough for the tie-break to be enforced.
In the tie-break, it was Pegula who opened strongly and even led Swiatek 4-2 before Swiatek raced through the rest of the points to claim the tie-break and set and push the match into the deciding set. In the final set, Swiatek seemed to have gotten the hang of playing past Pegula as she got herself a 4-2 lead in the proceedings.
But Pegula didn’t stop trying and held on long enough to get the break back and win four games in a row to outwit the four-time Grand Slam champion. After the match, Pegula shared, “It was a great match. It was tough.
Kind of a roller coaster. Really up and down, but I'm glad I was able to hold my nerve there at the end”. Jessica Pegula will have to wait awhile to know about her Canadian Open finale opponent. Meanwhile, for Liudmila Samsonova, this will be the second time in three days that she will have to possibly play two consecutive matches on the same day. Photo Credit: Canadian Open Twitter
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