WTA Finals Cancun Day 1

by Alain Chivilò


GNP Seguros, WTA Finals, Cancun, Mexico, 2023.

At the end of the WTA season, a small report on the last 2023 event with the best ranked during the year, between singles and doubles.

As usual, the athletes’ presentation gala is very glamorous and fashionable as femininity requires. Hair-style, make-up, clothes in white with a hint of red. Smiles and fun before the terrible challenges on the court. A tribute is due.

Bacalar Group, standings: Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina, Jessica Pegula, Maria Sakkari.

Jessica Pegula wins in two sets 7/5, 6/2 vs Elena Rybakina in 1.23 H.

Opening set with a break from Elena who seemed useful to close it even if Jessica had few more opportunities to get ahead. A break back from her and another one concludes the first set. Second with Pegula very clinical with 100% break point realization, while Rybakina 1/6.

From the indications, it was possible to display how Jessica Pegula is always attentive and concentrated. Elena Rybakina in a lively warm-toned dress was non-continuous in the play, highlighting some emotion during this first.

Aryna Sabalenka was merciless. A very hard 6/0, 6/1 in 1.14 H vs Maria Sakkari.

Maria didn’t score any break points (first 0/4, second 0/1) but, she fought in the opening set so much so that the zero is really too severe. In the second, frustration and disappointment advance without any solution there.

Aryna Sabalenka, in the sunshine required after the hurricane, entered concentrated with always some theatricality, even when this is not the case. She was helped by Maria. We will see her road to the final in the next few days.

The group could be open for the second place.

In doubles:

– Maya Ka’an Group, Aoyama/Shibahara 7/5, 6/2 vs Krawczyk/Schuurs in 1.36 H

– Mahahual Group, Dabrowski/Routliffe 7/6 (2), 6/3 vs Gauff/Pegula.


©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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