Jessica Pegula attended the post final press conference in Washington holding her dog in hands. The American player defeated Camila Giorgi in a straight-set final to win the title. "It's been extremely gratifying. I mean, this is what you work for, to win tournaments and to just win, basically", said Pegula, who underwent hip surgery back in 2017.
"But, you know, the journey -- it sounds cliche, the journey makes it all that much sweeter. I've worked really hard. So to kind of push through this week and really push myself to the limit, stronger than I kind of almost thought I was at times, really makes it amazing, yeah.
I'm excited!" Pegula, analyzing her Sunday match, added: "[Giorgi] plays so fast and quick, I didn't want to let her dictate the points. So I just tried to really use my legs, be ready for every single shot to come back fast and hard, but also kind of try to do that to her, as well, almost kind of not give her time to dictate points.
I'm aggressive as well. I have no problem with people who are hitting fast and hard at me. So it was definitely part of my game plan not to give her too much time to think out there and not let her get into timing. "This final, I felt like I was just ready.
I was like, 'You know what? You're going to go out there and you're going to go win.' And I felt confident in that. I think this is a great confidence booster, for sure, just in general. Hopefully, I can keep the momentum and keep riding it."