WTA Finals day one TV and streaming info: Jessica Pegula vs Maria Sakkari; Ons Jabeur vs Aryna Sabalenka
The wait is over as the 2022 WTA Finals gets underway on Monday with Jessica Pegula and Maria Sakkari opening the singles proceedings at Dickies Arena in Texas.
The encounter will be a rematch of the recent Guadalajara Open final where Pegula won in straight sets. Sakkari, though, won in Doha this year while the American won at the Australian Open.
The Greek leads the head-to-head 3-2, but Pegula believes it will be a completely different match from their Mexico clash.
“The courts are totally different. The surface is different. The balls are different. Not at altitude. There’s a lot of dynamic that changes with that, and I’m going to try and stick to my game plan to what I thought worked well in Guadalajara, but that might have to change a little bit with the conditions,” she said.
“It’s weird playing each other so close together in such a short time span. Especially coming into here in such a big event. But I think we’ll always think of it as, again, it’s another week. I think we’re used to doing that and we’re used to playing a lot of each other, some of it back to back, week to week.”
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The second and final singles match of the day will see two-time Grand Slam finalist Ons Jabeur up against Aryna Sabalenka.
World No 2 Jabeur hasn’t played since losing in the quarter-final of the Jasmin Open in early October and the Tunisian feels it made sense not to play in San Diego and Guadalajara.
“San Diego was really, like, just after Tunisia. So traveling-wise and jet lag-wise it was not smart to play,” she said. “Guadalajara is completely different conditions than here, so we didn’t want to take the risk and just play another tournament.
“Plus, I was pretty tired with all the matches that I played, and I said that I would do a mini preparation and get prepared. The main reason is to prepare for this tournament. I wanted to get a few matches in Tunisia. Obviously, I want to go for title, but it was good enough.”
Aryna Sabalenka leads the H2H 2-1 with their last match coming at Wimbledon last year with the Belarusian winning in straight sets.
“It definitely is going to be tough match, and she’s really playing well this season,” Sabalenka said of her opponent.
“But, you know, I worked a lot on my slice game so probably I can surprise her. She will be, like, Oh, my God, she started slicing (indiscernible). Like, I’m done for this match. This is my plan. If it works, it’s good. If not, I will try something else.”
WTA Finals match schedule
Jessica Pegula vs Maria Sakkari – 22:00 GMT
Ons Jabeur vs Aryna Sabalenka – 00:00 GMT (Tuesday morning)
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova vs Desirae Krawczyk and Demi Schuurs 20:00 GMT
Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula vs Xu Yifan and China Yang Zhaoxuan – 01:30 GMT (Tuesday morning)
How to watch the WTA Finals
Amazon Prime has the exclusive rights for WTA Tour events in the United Kingdom and Ireland and they will broadcast the season-ending WTA Finals. New customers can sign up for £8.99 a month, and are eligible for a free 30-day trial.
Tennis Channel covers the United States, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, a combination of TVA Sports, DAZN and TSN airs WTA events in Canada while ESPN broadcasts tournaments in Central and South America.
DAZN, TVE, TV3 is the provider in Spain, beIN is the broadcaster in Australia and France, Canal+ in Poland and SuperSport in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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