WTA Berlin: Jessica Pegula saves 5 MPs to beat Anna Kalinskaya in dramatic final

Pegula defeated Kalinskaya for the Berlin title but also her first grass title.

by Dzevad Mesic
WTA Berlin: Jessica Pegula saves 5 MPs to beat Anna Kalinskaya in dramatic final
© Getty Images Sport - Inaki Esnaola

Jessica Pegula has won Berlin and her fifth WTA title after impressively saving five match points in the final versus Anna Kalinskaya. 

Pegula, seeded at No. 4, lost the first set in a brutal way before coming back from a set down to beat world No. 24 Kalinskaya 6-7 (0) 6-4 7-6 (3). 

For Pegula, this was her first WTA title on grass but also her first title of the season. On the other side, 25-year-old Kalinskaya fell just short of landing her first WTA title. 

Fourth-seeded Pegula got off to a great start to the Berlin final, claiming an early break for a 3-0 lead. But from that moment, the first set became full of ups and downs on both sides as Pegula was three times up by a break in the first set but Kalinskaya three times recovered to force a tie-break. 

After Pegula blew three breaks and failed to close out the first set despite leading 5-3 lead, Kalinskaya won the tie-break without a lost point to pretty much steal the first set from the fourth-seeded American. 

Anna Kalinskaya
Anna Kalinskaya © Getty Images Sport - Inaki Esnaola

Pegula's comeback against Kalinskaya then started 



The second set then started just as the first set, with the American breaking Kalinskaya early but the Russian getting a break back to tie the set to three games apiece. 

But just after losing a break, Pegula broke Kalinskaya again in the seventh game and this time managed to hold to her serve for the remainder of the set to send the final into a decider.

After losing the second set, Kalinskaya bounced back at the start of the third set by breaking Pegula in the fourth game. But the Russian's third-set lead was short-lived after the American got the break back in the seventh game. 

Then Pegula missed out on four break points in the ninth game but also saved Kalinskaya's four match points in the 10th game and another match point in the 12th game to force a tie-break.

In the third-set tie-break, Kalinskaya also had a 3-2 lead before Pegula went on to win the next five games and complete her comeback win.

Jessica Pegula Anna Kalinskaya