Every time Iga Swiatek and Jessica Pegula compete against one another, the victor goes on to win the championship. Swiatek and Pegula recently competed against one another five times. Swiatek overcame a set deficit to defeat Pegula in the San Diego Open semifinals, 4-6 6-2 6-2.
Swiatek defeated Donna Vekic 6-3 3-6 6-0 after defeating Pegula. In their round-of-16 encounter in Washington in 2019, Pegula defeated Swiatek. Pegula went on to win her first WTA championship after that. Curiously, that is still Pegula’s only WTA championship.
Four times this year—at the French Open, US Open, Miami, and San Diego—Swiatek has triumphed over Pegula. Swiatek ultimately advanced all the way in each of the aforementioned four competitions.
In 2022, Pegula was one set away from defeating Swiatek.
Pegula won the opening set of her San Diego match against Swiatek, getting out to a strong start.
The rain then stopped their match. When they got back on the court, Swiatek controlled the remaining games to win the match in three sets. “The break we had definitely helped me refocus and sort of calm myself down.
After defeating Pegula, Swiatek said, “I’m quite delighted that I came back with a better perspective. Swiatek looked utterly defeated when she took the court after losing to Swiatek in the US Open quarterfinal by scores of 6-3, 7-6 (4).
“Honestly, I have no idea. Back and forth I go. Oh, I really should be certain. I’m like, (crap), three quarterfinals at the same time. I’m sorry, but it’s bad. It’s awful. I wish I had been able to do it at my house slam, but I suppose not.
I wish I didn’t have to play Ash Barty or Iga in every quarterfinal because they seem to be the two players who don’t lose very frequently. So it’s just bad. I mean, I really enjoyed my time at the Slams. I am aware that there are still some competitions.
I’m not sure. Right now, I feel a little deflated. I’m not all that happy. It just stinks to lose, I dunno. Just that I wish tonight had been different. Tomorrow when I wake up, I’m confident I’ll see more good things, Pegula remarked in New York.