Jessica Pegula explains factor that may have played part in loss to Maria Sakkari

World No 3 Jessica Pegula admitted she was disappointed after suffering two losses at the WTA Finals but noted she feels she will be able to bounce back.

Pegula, 28, made her WTA Finals debut on Monday in Fort Worth, Texas.

In her first WTA Finals match, Pegula suffered a 7-6 (6) 7-6 (4) loss to Maria Sakkari.

Just a week earlier, Pegula dominated Sakkari 6-2 6-3 in the Guadalajara final.

After losing to Sakkari at the WTA Finals, Pegula suggested the surface was a bit slower and that played in Sakkari’s favor.

“It’s slow and it bounces really low. It’s not bad, it’s just very slow. I think it definitely caters to players who want more time. Historically, Maria beats me on slow courts and I usually beat her on fast courts. It definitely plays a part in each player’s dynamic,” Pegula said after the match, per WTA Insider. 

Pegula on losing in singles, doubles

After suffering a singles loss, Pegula returned to the court for her doubles match with Cori Gauff.

In their doubles opener, Pegula and Gauff suffered a 6-4 4-6 10-7 loss to Xu Yifan and Yang Zhaoxuan. 

“It’s been a long day, a tough day. Hard to take two Ls. I think I’ll bounce back OK.  I’m disappointed I lost, but I played pretty well. It was a high-level match, Maria played well. I don’t think it’s a negative. Hopefully I can reset and play as well Wednesday,” Pegula added. 

On Wednesday, Pegula is returning to action. 

In her second singles match, Pegula will be taking on world No 2 Ons Jabeur. 

On Monday, Jabeur suffered a three-set loss to Aryna Sabalenka. 

Both Pegula and Jabeur are entering this match with a must-win mentality. 

In the doubles event, Pegula and Gauff will meet Desirae Krawczyk and Demi Schuurs. 

Pegula has been one of the most consistent players this season and she hasn’t had back-to-back singles losses since the early stages of this season.