3 in the world now In 2023, Jessica Pegula jokingly predicts that avoiding Iga Swiatek will be crucial to her Grand Slam success. The victory over Maria Sakkari on Sunday gave Pegula her first WTA 1000 championship in Guadalajara and propelled her to a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the globe.
Pegula has faced Swiatek four times so far this year, and each time, Pegula lost. Pegula fell to Swiatek in the quarterfinals of the French Open and the US Open, accounting for two of the four losses at the Grand Slam level.
“I certainly hope so. The next step is that, right? As long as I don’t face Iga in the quarterfinals, hopefully. I’ll hopefully make it there (laughter). It will, in my opinion.