Jessica Pegula wins her second career title in the Guadalajara Open!

Jessica Pegula defeated Maria Sakkari in the Guadalajara Open final on Sunday, and her perseverance paid off as she won. In one hour and ten minutes, the third-seeded Pegula defeated her fourth-seeded opponent, winning 6-2, 6-3.

Compared to Sakkari, who delivered 72% of her first serves, the American delivered only 52% of them. But compared to the latter, she earned 79% of her first-serve points. In addition, Pegula won 54% of the points she served and 58% of the points Sakkari served on her second serve.

In the course of the match, Pegula only made one serve error whereas Sakkari’s serve was broken five times.

Guadalajara Open: Jessica Pegula is nearing the end of a successful year.

Following the victory, Pegula expressed her excitement at finally having a significant title next to her name.

To be able to achieve that at the end of the year is incredibly wonderful because it was something I really wanted this year and kept mentioning as one of my goals. I felt as though I simply played incredibly well; I didn’t really commit many foolish mistakes or bad choices.

I returned really nicely and served really effectively. I had to serve and volley, slice and possibly come in, or perhaps do something else on many different occasions, but I never panicked; I just kind of did what I had to do to win the game, and it was working.

Sakkari had already advanced to the final after finishing her rain-delayed semi-final on Sunday. Marie Bouzkova was defeated by Sakkari 7-5, 6-4 later on. On Saturday, after Sakkari won the first set, play had to be suspended.

Sakkari had a 3-1 win-to-loss record versus Pegula going into the final. Jessica Pegula reached the final at the WTA 1000 Guadalajara Open, the second time this year. She previously competed in the Mutua Madrid Open final, where she lost to Ons Jabeur. Guadalajara Open Twitter contributed the picture.