Jessica Pegula: Iga Swiatek is definitely not invincible in my mind


Jessica Pegula says Iga Swiatek is “definitely not invincible” in her mind. 

Pegula, ranked at a career-high ranking of No 3 in the world, has played against Swiatek seven times.

Swiatek has had more success, beating Pegula five times in their seven meetings.

Pegula acknowledged that Swiatek has been doing some very impressive things but underlined that she does not consider the Pole unbeatable.

“She’s definitely not invincible in my mind. I have played her in pretty close matches. But obviously with her winning, you know, a lot of matches and the streak she went on last year, yeah, she definitely was feeling it for a while there. But it definitely helps. I think it helps just knowing what I have to do to win, knowing what worked, what didn’t work,” Pegula said, per Sportskeeda.

Pegula crushed Swiatek earlier this year

Pegula defeated Swiatek in their first meeting in 2019 before the Pole won each of their four meetings last year. 

After losing to Swiatek four times in 2022, Pegula crushed Swiatek 6-2 6-2 at the inaugural United Cup. 

Reflecting on that win, Pegula said she felt she did everything right and noted that match gave her the answer how to play Swiatek.

“You know, I played a pretty flawless match, to be honest, that match. I kind of did everything I wanted to do was just working. Some days are like that and you take it. But I think, you know, obviously there was a lot of different, the conditions were different, courts are pretty fast, and I think it maybe favored me a little bit. Yeah, it definitely helps strategy-wise, what I know I need to do and knowing that it worked, for the most part, definitely gives confidence, you know, for whenever the next time I have to play her,” Pegula said.

Last month, Pegula suffered a 6-3 6-0 defeat to Swiatek in the Doha final.

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