SEABROOK – The annual Citi Open at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. concluded on Aug. 4 with two new champions in both the men’s and women’s singles competitions. American Jessica Pegula and Australian Nick Kyrgios won their respective single finals, earning their first D.C. tournament titles in their careers.
In the women’s singles final, Pegula defeated Camila Giorgi of Italy, 6-2, 6-2, in 59 minutes to win her first Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles title.
The Buffalo, New York native, who entered the Citi Open ranked No. 79, connected with 81% of her first service points. She won the first set with a forehand to the right side of the court that was hit far enough that Giorgi could not reach out in time to stop the shot.
The American continued her terrific play into the second set, going up 3-1 early. On championship point, Pegula fired a low serve towards Giorgi’s left side. The Italian could not reach out for the ball in time as Pegula ended the match with a game-winning ace.
In the afternoon’s final match, Kyrgios battled through back spasms to defeat the tournament’s No. 3 Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4), to win his second title of the year.
In his second appearance playing in the District, the Australian becomes the first unseeded player to win Washington’s ATP event since Radek Štěpánek defeated Gaël Monfils in 2011.
Kyrgios, who played every day since the start of the tournament on July 28, winced throughout the first set due to the pain in his back. He rallied back to save a set point at 5-6 with an ace and ultimately won the opening set thanks to multiple drop shots.
Following the round, he took a medical timeout and showed he felt better with two trick shots between the legs to start the second set.
Both Kyrgios and Medvedev battled for each point, matching each other’s net games. However, in the set-winning tiebreaker game, the Aussie tennis star connected with two consecutive aces to win the match and his second tournament win of the season.
The Citi Open recorded a week-long attendance of 78,643, the highest amount of fans to attended the tournament in its 51-year history.