“She is a perfectionist,” Jessica Pegula receives big praise from Justine Henin for her consistent performances
The World No.3 stunned Iga Swiatek to win at the United Cup, attracting praise from Justine Henin
Former World No.1 Justine Henin has praised Jessica Pegula following her victory over World No.1 Iga Swiatek at the United Cup. Henin has called Pegula a “perfectionist” and praised her playing style. She also said Pegula is developing the right way and will be able to compete for the Grand Slam titles if she continues on her path.
Jessica Pegula thrashed Swiatek 6-2,6-2 in a surprise win. It was Pegula’s second win over the Polish star, having lost four times to her in 2022. Pegula credited the faster conditions with helping her get the better of Swiatek. The dominant performance impressed Henin, who took it as a sign of Pegula’s positive development.
“Pegula is a player who, I think, is progressing a lot. I find her very interesting because she has a real sense for the game. [Pegula] never hits a free shot. She built her way to the highest level. She will have to be better in the major events. That’s a stage Pegula hasn’t been able to reach, but she’s still a very, very good young player who, in my opinion, is developing more and more.” Henin said.
Continuing his train of thoughts, Hennin further added, “His loss for Iga is not a huge surprise, and at the same time, she is a perfectionist. She wants to make it, to give her best right away. And that’s where with experience, she will learn that you grow into your form as you approach a Grand Slam. But it’s true that at the beginning of the season, there is very little time for that.”
Jessica Pegula had a brilliant 2022. The World No. 3 reached the quarterfinals in three of the four majors. Pegula won her second WTA title at the Guadalajara Open, defeating Maria Sakkari in straight sets. She also had a very successful time in the doubles. Pegula and partner Coco Gauff win the Canadian, San Diego, and Qatar Open. The two also reached the final of the French Open. These results propelled Pegula to the World No. 3 spot in the doubles rankings. The American will be looking to build on her fantastic year. Victory over the highest-ranked player in the world will be a massive boost to her confidence.
Jessica Pegula wins inaugral United Cup with Team USA
Pegula lifted the United Cup with the American team in Sydney. They crushed Italy 4-0 in the final to bring home the tournament’s inaugural edition. Taylor Fritz finished things off with a victory over Matteo Berrettini to secure the title.
Jessica Pegula had put her team in a great position. She won her singles clash against Martina Trevisan 6-4,6-2 to put the team 1-0 up. The match was anything but straightforward though, with Trevisan attacking throughout. But Pegula showcased her abilities and found a way to win.
Her teammates followed with wins as they walked to the trophy. The closeness of the group was clear to see as they tackled Fritz to the ground on their win being confirmed.
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