Sunday, April 9, 2023

And we have Charleston finalists!

Ons Jabeur & Belinda Bencic (photos by Daniel Ward)

When top seed Jessica Pegula and 4th seed and defending champion Belinda Bencic had to stop play at the Credit One Charleston Open last night because of rain, Pegula was up 4-2 in the second set tiebreak. When they resumed a while ago, Bencic--who had won the first set 7-5--won the tiebreak 7-5 (after going down 2-5) and advanced to the final. Bencic will play 2nd seed Ons Jabeur for the title, and if that sounds familiar, it's because they competed for the title last year. This is, in fact, the first time in the history of the tournament that the same two finalists will appear on the court for two consecutive years.

Paths to the final:

round 1--bye
round 2--def. Katherine Sebov
round of 16--def. Shelby Rogers
quarterfinals--def. Ekaterina Alexandrova (7)
semifinals-def. Jessica Pegula (1)

round 1--bye
round 2--def. Lesia Tsurenko
round of 16--def. Caroline Dolehide
quarterfinals--def. Anna Kalinskaya (ret.)
semifinals--def. Daria Kasatkina (3)

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