Tokyo Open: Veronika Kudermetova batters past Jessica Pegula to haul trophy

Pegula wasn’t able to bring her steady game that had seen her make it to the title clash

by Abbey Johnson
Tokyo Open: Veronika Kudermetova batters past Jessica Pegula to haul trophy
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Veronika Kudermetova won the 2023 Tokyo Open title on Sunday. The eighth seed upset second seed Jessica Pegula in their finale, 7-5, 6-1 after 84 minutes of play. Kudermetova won 73% of her first-serve and 78% of her second-serve points for the match.

In the second set, she won 87% of her first-serve points and 62% of her second-serve points. Meanwhile, Pegula struggled to do well on her serves all throughout the match. In the one-sided second set, the fourth-ranked American won only 40% of her first-serve points and 43% of her second-serve points.

For the match, Pegula won 42% of her first-serve points and 58% of her second-serve points. Kudermetova also ended the match with 10 more winners than the seven her opponent hit.

Tokyo Open: Veronika Kudermetova makes good of a huge opportunity

Earlier this week in the Japanese capital, the 26-year-old had upset former world no.

1, Iga Swiatek in their quarter-final meeting. For that win, Kudermetova had needed to go the full distance. After her win, Kudermetova shared, “I’m really happy because before, it was not an easy time for me, it was really tough moments.

Now I’m really happy and I have a lot of motivation for the next weeks”. The Tokyo Open title round was the second time in 2023, Veronika Kudermetova had reached the final of a WTA event. Earlier during the grass season, she’d reached the final of the Libema Open in S’Hertogenbosch (l.

to Ekaterina Alexandrova). This is also the second time the 19th-ranked Kudermetova claimed a place at the podium. Her maiden title came at the 2021 Charleston Open. Following this result, on Monday, Kudermetova will now be ranked 16th in the world.

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