In the final of the prestigious tournament in Doha, Qatar, Pole Iga Swiatek, world number one, and American Jessica Pegula, world number four, will meet. The girls know each other well, having played six times on Tour, and the American even has experience beating Iga. But something tells me that Jessica has only minimal chances of winning and triumphing at the tournament as a whole in the upcoming game.
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Collins beat Swiatek by only one set, and Kudermetova followed the same path. 6-0, 6-1 in 57 minutes, and this is at the semi-final stage! Iga has no weaknesses now, the Pole is in great form, and if she plays at the same level against Pegula, then, as written above, the chances of the American winning are minimal.
Jessica Pegula won the United Cup, and in Melbourne, the American reached the quarterfinals, where she lost in two sets to Victoria Azarenka. At the Doha tournament, Pegula played three matches, knocking out Ostapenko, Haddad Maia, and Sakkari. The semi-final against Sakkari turned out to be a 3-set, but it can’t be said to be long. Pegula won the first game by two, lost the second by four, and won the third by one. Overall, the match lasted two hours. In that game, the girls were better at receiving than serving.
The score of the clash is 4-2 in favor of Swiatek. Pegula beat the Pole in Washington in 2019 and at the recent team tournament. Iga proved stronger than her opponent in Miami, at Roland Garros, the US Open, and in San Diego. All of Swiatek’s wins date back to 2022.
Expert Betting Tips
Swiatek eliminated Collins and Kudermetova and will beat Pegula as well. There is very little doubt about that. The Pole is very good in all components of the game now, plus Iga probably remembered the recent defeat by Pegula at the United Cup. Moreover, Swiatek defeated the American four times last season, losing only one set in San Diego. Iga will get a confident win over the world No. 4 on Saturday. Here are the betting odds for Swiatek vs Pegula:
- Correct score 2:0 for 1.67;
- Handicap 1 (-5.5) for 2.00.
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