American tennis star Jessica Pegula SHOCKED world No. 1 Iga Swiatek in the semifinals of the United Cup… beat the French and US Open champion 6-2, 6-2 to give the United States an early lead against Poland
Jessica Pegula upset world No.1 Iga Swiatek to give the USA a surprising and significant early lead over Poland in the opening semi-final of the United Cup in Sydney.
Pegula overturned a four-game losing streak to Swiatek with a 6-2 6-2 victory over the reigning French and US Open champion and hot Australian Open favorite.
Barely bowing out after climbing to No.3 in the rankings following a stellar 2022 campaign, Pegula didn’t blink under the closed roof at Ken Rosewall Arena.
Pegula broke Swiatek five times and dropped her own serve just once in her first win over the three-time grand slam champion since 2019.
American tennis star Jessica Pegula won her singles semifinal match at the United Cup
He defeated the world No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland in straight sets, dropping serve only once
‘I’ve played him in a lot of different places but I definitely feel like these are the fastest conditions,’ said Pegula.
‘Also Poland had a difficult turnaround yesterday (flew from Brisbane) and we were lucky enough to play here, and maybe have a bit of an advantage in being used to the courts.
‘So I wanted to take that and use it as much as I could and I did a great job of playing really aggressively, serving smart and returning well.’
Unbeaten in three singles and two mixed doubles matches at the inaugural United Cup, Pegula’s latest win gave the US a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five-match tie.
US Open semi-finalist Frances Tiafoe is a hot favorite to beat low-ranked Kacper Zuk in the men’s singles on Friday to correct Team USA’s lead ahead of the remaining three rubbers on Saturday.
Greece and Italy will play in the opening two singles rubbers of the second semi-final in Sydney later on Friday night.
Maria Sakkari will face Martina Trevisan before Michail Pervolarakis takes on Lorenzo Musetti.
Next up for Team USA is a match between Frances Tiafoe (above) and Pole Kacper Zuk