‘Deflated’ Jessica Pegula opens up after loss to Iga Swiatek at US Open

Jessica Pegula was visibly down on herself after losing in the US Open quarterfinal and picking up her third Grand Slam quarterfinal defeat of the year. On Thursday, first-seeded Iga Swiatek beat Pegula 6-3 7-6 (4). Four months ago at the French Open, Swiatek saw off Pegula in the quarterfinal.

At the start of the season in Australia, Pegula lost to Ashleigh Barty in the Australian Open quarterfinal. “Honestly, I don’t know. I go back and forth. Oh, I should be positive. At the same time I’m like, (expletive), three quarterfinals.

Sorry, but it sucks. It sucks. I wish I could have done it here at my home slam, but I guess not,” Pegula said. “I wish I didn’t have to play Iga every quarterfinal or Ash Barty, which seem to be the two people that don’t really lose that often.

So it just sucks. I mean, I had a great year at the Slams. I know there’s still some tournaments left. I don’t know. I’m a little deflated right now. I’m not real happy. I don’t know, it just sucks to lose. I just wish it would have been different tonight.

I’m sure tomorrow I’ll wake up and see more of the positives, for sure.”

Pegula: A tough loss

Pegula got off to a good start to the match, breaking Swiatek in the fifth game for a 3-2 lead. Pegula’s game collapsed after claiming a break as Swiatek broke the American in back-to-back games and won four games in a row to win the first set.

In the second set, Pegula was five times down by a break, but recovered each time to force a tie-break. In the tie-break, Swiatek opened a 4-2 lead and never looked back to close out the match in two sets. “Yeah, it was a tough match.

Conditions were definitely a little bit different playing at night. So we had some adjusting to do. I feel like the first set was a little ugly. Happy the way I fought back in the second. Still a tough loss,” Pegula reflected.

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