Pegula beats No. 1 Sabalenka, makes semi

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CANCUN, Mexico (AP) As match point after match point came and went - there were six in all she didn't convert - Jessica Pegula made sure she stayed calm and didn't, as she put it, “freak out” against No. 1-ranked Aryna Sabalenka at the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

When her seventh chance to end things arrived, Pegula finally was able to complete a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Sabalenka in round-robin action at the season-ending championship for the top eight players in women's tennis.

“We all, as tennis players, have experienced that to some extent - on both sides. So, I mean, I try to use my match experience as best I can," said Pegula, a 29-year-old American who is now guaranteed to finish atop her group and reach the semifinals in Cancun. "Every match, you’re always going to feel different. But I think the more you put yourself in those situations, the better you feel when they come up again. It doesn’t feel like you have to panic as much."


2023 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,245
2 C. Alcaraz 8,855
3 D. Medvedev 7,600
4 J. Sinner 6,490
5 A. Rublev 4,805
6 S. Tsitsipas 4,235
7 A. Zverev 3,985
8 H. Rune 3,660
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2023 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 I. Swiatek 9,295
2 A. Sabalenka 9,050
3 C. Gauff 6,580
4 E. Rybakina 6,365
5 J. Pegula 5,975
6 O. Jabeur 4,195
7 M. Vondrousova 4,075
8 K. Muchova 3,651
9 M. Sakkari 3,620
10 B. Krejcikova 2,880
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