WASHINGTON. Jessica Pegula, who took first place, was eliminated from the Citi Open after losing in straight sets to Australian Daria Saville.
Pegula, the reigning champion of the US Open prep, lost 7-5, 6-4 with a quarter-final spot on the line. The Buffalo, New York native, who is ranked seventh in the world, won in Washington the last time the WTA played there in 2019 and reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon this year.
“I was very happy to play against a top 10 player again,” Saville said. “It was a big challenge. It’s even better to walk away with a win.”
Emma Raducanou, who took second place, beat Luisa Chirico 6:4, 6:2. Qualified Canadian Rebecca Marino beat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 before facing Saville.
“I feel like I’m playing very good tennis right now,” Saville said. “I’m glad for more.”
Former world number one Simona Halep retired in the second set of the match against Anna Kalinska due to illness.
Among men, Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios beat No. 14 seed Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-4. In his first singles tournament since reaching the final of the All England Club, Kyrgios continued to interact with the fans, checking the one that got hit by the stray ball and giving her a towel.
On Monday, Kyrgios asked another fan where to serve match point, a tradition he started when he won the tournament in 2019.
American Sebastian Korda knocked out No. 12 Sebastian Baez 6-1, 6-4, while No. 9 Holger Rune beat Benoit Peer 6-3, 6-2. Mikael Ymer, who started the tournament with a win over Andy Murray, continued his streak by defeating No. 15 Aslan Karatsev 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Having been eliminated from the US Open each of the last two years – losing to Denis Shapovalov in 2020 and then to food poisoning in 2021 – Korda is hoping the rest will help him win his first singles match in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament.
“This year is the first (so far) I’m going to be well prepared (to go) to the US Open – just take a little break preparing for the American hard court swing and hopefully just enjoy it,” Korda said. . .