Jessica Pegula gave the United States the right begin to their United Cup semi-final in opposition to Poland with a 6-2 6-2 victory over world primary Iga Swiatek within the opening singles rubber on Friday earlier than Frances Tiafoe doubled their benefit.
Swiatek was solely in a position to maintain her serve as soon as within the first set as Pegula raced to a 5-0 lead and the American world quantity three stored up the strain with some good returns within the second set.
Pegula secured a dominant victory that will even give her a private increase heading into this month’s Australian Open when Swiatek despatched a forehand huge after little greater than an hour on Ken Rosewall Arena.
“I thought I did a good job playing really aggressive, serving smart and returning really well,” stated Pegula, who had misplaced her earlier 4 matches in opposition to Swiatek.
It was her first profession victory over a reigning primary and a end result that left Swiatek in a flood of tears in Poland’s dugout after the match.
“She’s one of the best players in the world so you have to be really on top of your game to win against Jessie,” Swiatek stated. “It was always like that, even last season.
“So I’m not surprised, because I know what she can do. I’m more surprised I wasn’t able to step up to her game today.”
Tiafoe gave the Americans a 2-0 lead when he comfortably beat Kacper Zuk 6-3 6-3, saying after the match that Pegula’s efficiency had impressed him.
“It was great, I was so amped watching. Forget about me playing, I was so happy for Jess … I know what it means for her going forward,” stated Tiafoe, who has received all 4 of his singles matches within the occasion, dropping one set.
Maria Sakkari will probably be in motion within the night session when Greece tackle Italy within the different semi-final on the inaugural combined staff event.