The weather continues to give no respite to the WTA Finals in Cancun: more and more criticism is pouring in and the tennis players' discontent is increasing due to a truly complicated situation to manage in order to continue and close this edition of the competition, which is also taking place in Mexico this year in Cancun.
On Friday the program was again not completed as initially planned by the tournament organizers (in enormous difficulty) due to the rain and wind which made the continuation of the second semi-final impracticable. Even on Saturday, the day on which the singles and doubles finalists will be defined, even further behind with a group stage match to finish, there were problems
Jessica Pegula takes down her friend Coco Gauff, the highlights
The one who really doesn't stop this week and seems to be stronger than the prohibitive conditions is Jessica Pegula.
The American player, who last year lost all three matches played at the Finals, adapted very well and better than her opponents to the Mexican climate and obtained the pass to the final act of the event. The 29-year-old from Buffalo also prevailed in the all-American derby against the young Coco Gauff, winner of the US Open who instead argued quite a bit with the wind during the match with her compatriot.
From 2-2 in the first set, Gauff was able to win only one more game in the whole match: Pegula began to dominate every exchange, always finding the court with her shots and greatly reducing gratuitous errors. 6-2, 6-1 was the score that gave the place in the final to the American number 5 in the world, who in the event of triumph would overtake the Kazakh Elena Rybakina in the ranking.
Coco Gauff was the protagonist, despite herself, of a very singular episode, which testifies to the conditions in which the best 8 are playing in Cancun. The American tennis player, engaged in the match against Jessica Pegula, which she later lost, was literally overwhelmed by a gust of wind that disintegrated the umbrella she was holding to protect herself from the rain.Below the highlights shared by the WTA YouTube account and by the The Tennis Letter X account: