Madrid (Spain) – In a tense final, full of twists and turns, the Tunisian Ons Jabeur finally won a great title. She became champion of the WTA 1000 in Madrid when she surpassed the American Jessica Pegula, who surprised by her performance on clay, with partials of 7/5, 0/6 and 6/2.
In addition to the excellent prize pool of 1,041,570 euros, Jabeur will once again occupy the seventh place in the ranking this Monday, with an advance of three positions in relation to the previous list. Pegula in turn will reach his personal best with the 11th place.
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A resourceful game owner, 27-year-old Jabeur had just one title under her belt, earned on Birmingham grass last year. This was her sixth final and second of the season, after the runner-up in Charleston in April.
The fifth duel between Jabeur and Pegula – each one had won twice, but with two consecutive victories for the Tunisian – was very nervous and showed great ups and downs of the players. Pegula started patiently and even opened 4/1, but gave up a draw in the eighth game and shortly afterwards wasted a set-point on Jabeur’s serve. It was the Tunisian’s turn to level up, take the opponent’s serve from zero and close the series.
After losing three chances to take the service out of the American in the opening game of the second set, Jabeur suffered an incredible ‘blackout’ and allowed the so-called ‘tire’. Tension was high in the decisive set, with three successive breaks in the opening and advantage for Jabeur, who then opened 3/1 and maintained the advantage without scares.