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American tennis star Jessica Pegula lost the Madrid final but afterward was in positive spirits and jokingly remarked she can say she has more wins on clay than world No. 1 Iga Swiatek. 

Pegula, seeded at No. 12, was beaten by No. 8 seed Ons Jabeur as the Tunisian won 7-5 0-6 6-2 to win her first WTA 1000 final. 

This clay season, Pegula is 6-2. 

Swiatek, who won Stuttgart but pulled out of Madrid because of an injury, is 4-0 this clay season. 

"Someone that I know that used to work with me was like, 'I feel really good about where your game is at, you are playing really well,' even when I lost in Charleston," Pegula told WTA insider.

"I'm like, 'Yeah, but it kind of sucks that I'm going through the clay season playing well.' He was like, 'Why would you say that? It's a good thing.' I'm like, 'I guess so.'"

Pegula: I have more wins than Swiatek but that might not last long

"I guess it's a good thing. I definitely feel like I'm moving a lot better, and that's definitely a big difference compared to last year. So, yeah, it's just I guess a new experience going in as someone who is winning a lot of matches on clay. I think this might be the first time I can say I have won more matches than Iga, which might not last that long, right? I will stick with that for today (smiling)," Pegula continued. 

Jabeur clinched 12 break points and converted five of them. 

After the final, Pegula blamed her first serve percentage and also gave credit to Jabeur for being extremely successful with her drop shots. 

“My first serve let me down today. Obviously she wins a lot of points on the dropshots," Pegula revealed.

"Besides that, it felt like at times, I felt like I was playing better points, but her dropshot was pretty clutch today and her first serves when she needed them.”




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