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Jessica Pegula convincingly defeated Coco Gauff in an all-American WTA Finals match

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Jessica Pegula convincingly defeated Coco Gauff in an all-American WTA Finals match

Coco Gauff’s aspiration to become the first teen to win the WTA Finals since 2004 was dashed in the semifinals when she was decisively defeated by doubles companion and fellow American Jessica Pegula.

In Cancún, Mexico, the 19-year-old US Open champion was defeated in about an hour by fifth seed Pegula, whom she defeated 6-2 6-1.

Pegula disclosed to reporters, “By the end of the year, I had regained my composure.” “I’ve successfully reset since my arrival here.”

She added, “I discovered a way to make it work.” “I enter the finals with a sense of assurance.”

In the final, Pegula will face either former No. 1 Aryna Sabalenka or current No. 2 seed Iga Ŗwićtek. Due to rain, that semifinal was halted after three games on Saturday; play will recommence on Sunday; therefore, the championship game has been rescheduled for Monday.

In the final, Sabalenka or Świćtek will face an opponent who has yet to suffer a loss in Cancún. This individual has advanced with a 4-0 record, and three of those victories have been against opponents ranked higher than them.

It was her second victory in three encounters against her compatriot Gauff. The 29-year-old performed better under the challenging conditions—rain breaks in the second set and a turbulent wind throughout—than her opponent, Gauff, breaking her six times and committing only eleven unforced errors.

Gauff would have, per the WTA, become the first adolescent to win the tournament since Maria Sharapova in 2004. The following year, Sharapova, then 17 years old, defeated Serena Williams in the final.

“I believe this is the most significant final of my career,” Pegula remarked. “This will significantly boost my confidence as we approach the following year.”

On Sunday, Gauff and Pegula will resume their competition by collaborating in the doubles to secure a spot in the semifinals. With the Americans holding a 6-3, 1-1 advantage, their round-robin match against Laura Siegemund and Vera Zvonarava was suspended on Friday.

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