Qatar Open 2023 Final: Iga Swiatek vs Jessica Pegula – Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction


We are set for a blockbuster final in the 2023 Qatar Open featuring top seed Iga Swiatek and 2nd seed Jessica Pegula on Saturday.

The two players have been very consistent with their performances over the past few months and also played scintillating tennis in the Qatar Open. Expect this match to be a humdinger with the two stalwarts of women’s tennis giving their all to win the title.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 25: Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates after winning a point during her Women’s Singles third-round match against Donna Vekic of Croatia on day six of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jaimi Chisholm/2020 Getty Images)

Iga Swiatek

The three-time Grand Slam champion began the season with a comprehensive win against Yulia Putintseva in the inaugural United Cup. However, Swiatek lost to Jessica Pegula in a semi-final clash. This was the Polish athlete’s first loss of the season.

Swiatek went on to play in the Australian Open. This was her first Grand Slam appearance after she won the US Open last year. The world No. 1 was expected to have a deep run in the competition. However, her campaign ended with a loss in straight sets against eventual finalist Elena Rybakina in the fourth round.

The Qatar Open is the first tournament that Swiatek is playing since her loss to the Kazakhstani No. 1. In the round of 16, Swiatek began her campaign with a thumping win against Danielle Collins in straight sets 6-0, 6-1. Swiatek was set to face Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals but the Swiss star pulled out prior to the match owing to fatigue. The world No. 1 went on to comprehensively defeat Veronika Kudermetova in the semifinals. The one-sided encounter ended in straight sets 6-0, 6-1. Swiatek has been too hot to handle in the tournament. She has converted 10 out of the 13 break points so far in the two matches.

Jessica Pegula

The world No. 3 was one of the mainstays of the USA team that won the inaugural United Cup. Her convincing win against Swiatek earned her a lot of plaudits from critics and fans alike.

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US’ Jessica Pegula celebrates after victory over Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu in their women’s singles match on day nine of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament at the Court Suzanne-Lenglen in Paris on May 30, 2022. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)

After the United Cup triumph, Pegula entered the Australian Open as the 3rd seed. She managed to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the third year in a row. The 28-year-old lost to 2-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.

Pegula has already won the doubles title at the Qatar Open alongside compatriot Coco Gauff. The experienced American player will look to do the double and win the singles title as well. Like Swiatek, Pegula also received a bye into the second round. She defeated Jelena Ostapenko in a grueling battle in the first set. Pegula followed it up with a magnificent win against Beatriz Haddad Maia in the quarterfinals. The match ended in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in favor of Pegula. She continued on her merry run as she ousted 5th seed Maria Sakkari in a topsy-turvy semi-final clash. Pegula won the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

Head-to-Head and Prediction

Jessica Pegula and Iga Swiatek have faced each other on six occasions so far. The head-to-head scoreline currently stands at 4-2 in favor of the Polish star. Pegula outplayed Swiatek in their most recent encounter in the United Cup earlier this year. The match ended 6-2, 6-2 in favor of the American athlete.

Prediction: Iga Swiatek to win in three competitive sets.

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