Jessica Pegula beats Maria Sakkari to clinch Guadalajara Open title

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Guadalajara [Mexico], October 24 Jessica Pegula clinched the first WTA 1000 title of her career on Sunday, as the No.3 seed from the United States overpowered No.4 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-2, 6-3 in the Guadalajara Open Akron final.

In a Top 10 showdown with both players looking for their first WTA 1000 title, their first crown of the year, and their second career title overall, it was Pegula who prevailed with constant depth and strength, dashing through the final in 70 minutes of action. "I'm just super excited, relieved, happy, like all the emotions," quoted Pegula as saying after her victory.

It was the second meeting between Pegula and Sakkari, who are now one win apiece. Both, who wore a sombrero during the trophy presentation, will participate in the Masters, which begins at the end of October in Texas. This success at the Guadalajara tournament is the second singles title for the 28-year-old American, after winning the Washington tournament in 2019.