Jessica Pegula claims title in Berlin Open after thrilling battle with Anna Kalinskaya

Sunday, 23 June 2024 at 16:34
America’s Jessica Pegula won the Ladies Berlin Open after beating Anna Kalinskaya in the final on Sunday. The final was an epic encounter in which both players gave their all to secure the title.
It was Kalinskaya who came out all guns blazing as she won the first set with a score of 7-6. She converted three break points. Her most impressive aspect was her ability to win points on her serve as she won 53.7 percent points while serving.
In the second set, Pegula bounced back as she secured the set with a score of 6-4. The world number five won 64.3 percent service points in the set, considerably higher than her opponent who managed to win just 55.2 percent points while serving.
The third set proved to be a treat for the fans. It was Kalinskaya who held the edge and had a match point in the 10th game, but Pegula managed to keep her calm and made it five 5-5. Once the set entered the tiebreak, the world number five was too hot to handle for her opponent and she eventually sealed the title with a score of 6-7, 6-4, 7-6.
The result would have been extremely pleasing for Pegula, who was playing in her first final of a WTA Event. On the other hand, Kalinskaya will be extremely disappointed after losing her second final this season. She also lost in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championship to Italy’s Jasmine Paolini, who came out on top with a score of 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
For Kalinskaya, her next opponent will be Linda Noskova in the Bad Homburg Open. It will the only second meeting between the two. In the previous outing, which was in the Adelaide International, it was Noskova who came out on top with a score of 3-6, 6-2, 7-6. On the other hand, Pegula will next take part in the Eastbourne where she will face a player from the qualifying round in her tournament opener.

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