August 4, 2019 / 7:44 PM / 20 days ago

Tennis-Pegula breezes past Giorgi for first WTA title

Aug 4 (Reuters) - Home favourite Jessica Pegula made quick work of Italy’s Camila Giorgi to win her maiden WTA title at the Citi Open in Washington on Sunday.

The 25-year-old American breezed to a 6-2 6-2 win over the outplayed Italian, claiming the first two games in both sets to set the tone.

After Giorgi fought back to 3-2 in the first set, Pegula took the next three games as the Italian’s errors mounted in the 59-minute match.

The second set was even more one-sided as Pegula marched to a 5-1 advantage before Giorgi, on the comeback trail after wrist and ankle injuries, won a second game.

Pegula, the daughter of the owners of the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills and National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres, closed out the match with a stunning service winner and sank to her knees in celebration.

She won 81% of her first serves and saved the only break point she faced against the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; editing by Tony Lawrence

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