Jessica Pegula defeats Camila Giorgi to capture first WTA singles crown
American Jessica Pegula captured her first WTA singles title on Sunday, ripping Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2 in the WTA Washington Open final.
The 25-year-old daughter of NFL Buffalo Bills owner and natural gas magnate Terry Pegula took a $43,000 top prize in the US Open tuneup event.
“I’m so happy to win my first tournament here,” she said.
Pegula, ranked 79th but expected to reach a career-best 54th next week, broke early in each set and closed out matters just inside an hour with an ace.
Russia’s 10th-ranked Daniil Medvedev faces Australia’s 52nd-ranked Nick Kyrgios in the later ATP final. The Aussie beat Medvedev on Rome clay in May in their only prior meeting.
Pegula improved to 3-1 overall against 62nd-ranked Giorgi, but they had not played since 2012 until Sunday.
It was Giorgi’s first final since winning last year’s Linz crown. The 27-year-old Italian’s only other career WTA title came at Rosmalen in 2015.
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