Korea Open 2023 Finals: Jessica Pegula vs. Yue Yuan Face-off!


Korea Open 2023 Finals: Jessica Pegula vs. Yue Yuan Face-off!

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In a thrilling showdown at the Korea Open, Jessica Pegula and Yue Yuan will battle for the championship title this Sunday in Seoul. Both players exhibited remarkable performances in their respective semi-final matches on Saturday, setting the stage for a highly anticipated final.

Pegula emerged victorious against Yanina Wickmayer, securing a 6-4, 6-3 win after an intense hour and 20 minutes of play. She faced only three break points during the match, with an impressive defense that saw her save two of them. Although she momentarily faltered in the second set, allowing her opponent to narrow the score, Pegula quickly regained her composure and sealed the match in the ninth game.

The American displayed great strength on her first serve, losing only 10 points out of the 35 played, while Wickmayer held her ground by winning 28 out of 46 first-serve points. However, Wickmayer’s five double faults proved to be her downfall.

Pegula excelled in winning points on her rival’s second serve, securing 12 out of 19 points, and also performed admirably on her second serve, winning 11 out of 19 points.

In a captivating semi-final match, Yue Yuan overcame Emina Bektas in a thrilling three-set battle, ultimately winning 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2. This hard-fought victory required two hours and 27 minutes of fierce competition.

Initially, it appeared that Yuan would swiftly secure the win and prevent an all-American title showdown in the South Korean capital. However, Bektas made a remarkable comeback in the first set, snatching it in a tie-break. Yet, in the subsequent sets, she struggled to break through Yuan’s serve, allowing Yuan to maintain her momentum and advance to her first-ever final at a WTA tournament.

As the grand finale approaches, both Yue Yuan and Jessica Pegula have their sights set on victory. While Yuan aims to seize the title at the Seoul Open, Pegula is determined to clinch her first Asian Swing title of the season, having narrowly missed out in the Tokyo Open final against Veronika Kudermetova.



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