WTA Finals Cancun Day 3

by Alain Chivilò


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

Luck, bad luck are non-predetermined elements that happen in a human formula that no book, no theory, no symposium, no guru can discover in which chemical formulas are determined. It is precisely chance and destiny that do, or not do.

After this philosophical note, the third day established that American Jessica Pegula walks on Semifinals. Instead, a very tough and ruthless match, which has already created victories and defeats in the season, will determine the second to the semi-final between Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka. Maria Sakkari greets and thinks about 2024 from Greece.

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

Jessica Pegula wins in two sets 6/4, 6/3 vs Aryna Sabalenka in 1.28 H.

Sometimes, same novels to write. Opening set balanced at the beginning, until Jessica Pegula goes ahead with two breaks. New troubles for Aryna Sabalenka. A break back is not enough. Second set: Pegula break immediately sending Sabalenka to new troubles again, 3/8. Aryna tried 1/3 but, the match could not longer be won. It’s not about being smart or not smart in preparation or training but, Jessica Pegula played to win maintaining high intensity and concentration. She reaches the semi-finals. Aryna Sabalenka is more talented in tennis but, for many reasons personal and surrounding, fails to express herself. In the last game she still has another chance.

Elena Rybakina 6/0, (4) 6/7, 7/6 (2) vs Maria Sakkari in 2.25 H.

Opening set in one direction: Maria in an ineffective play. From the second set it immediately appears that the match could change and so it did. Three break points not exploited by Elena (0 for Maria) and the tie-break was inevitable. Sakkari finds the right shots and sends the match to the deciding set: the Greek scores only one break point of six, while the Kazakh 1/1. In the final tie-break Elena Rybakina closes without fear. Maria Sakkari has the last match to conclude with a victory, although Jessica Pegula will not give away anything. Elena Rybakina will have to play at the best in a very, very difficult match. Her tennis qualities are present and the note is the same written for Sabalenka. In the last game she still has a chance.

In doubles:

– Mahahual Group, at the deciding set, Siegemund-Zvonareva 6/3, (6) 6/7, 10/5 vs Krejcikova-Siniakova in 2.07 H. German and Russian are playing often and very well and this is useful in tough match as displayed vs the Czechz’s duo.

– Maya Ka’an Group, to be continued, Sanders-Mertens 7/5, 2/0 vs Melichar-Perez.


©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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