Jessica Pegula of the United States defeats Yue Yuan of China in the final to win the singles title at the 2023 Hana Bank Korea Open in southern Seoul on Sunday. [YONHAP]

The 2023 Hana Bank Korea Open women’s tennis tournament closed Sunday with the singles and doubles finals at the Olympic Park Tennis Court in southern Seoul.Top-seed Jessica Pegula of the United States defeated Yue Yuan of China 2-0 in the final of the singles tournament to clinch her second singles title of the season after Yuan missed her last two serves on the court. Yuan, ranked 128th, started the match strong, taking the first game to 40-love before Pegula, ranked 4th, fought back. Yuan won the first game of the set, but Pegula came back in the second, tying the set score at 1-1.The two briefly stayed neck-and-neck before Pegula won four games in a row to put the score at 5-2. Pegula denied Yuan a comeback, winning the final game of the set to end it 6-2.
Pegula led scoring in the second set, securing three games in a row before Yuan took her first. While Yuan put another two games on the board, so did Pegula, and the two entered the matchpoint game with the top seed up 5-3.Although Yuan put up a fight, a final out-of-bounds serve handed the title to Pegula, who took her first Korea Open win.Pegula, 29, and Yuan, 25, have so far met twice on the court. Pegula defeated Yuan 2-1 during the round of 32 at the 2022 U.S. Open in New York.Pegula was eliminated from the 2019 Korea Open after losing her round-of-32 match against Ysaline Bonaventure 2-1.“The last time I was here was a really special experience with my mom coming back to her adoptive country, the first time she’s been back since she was adopted,” said Pegula, whose mother was born in Korea but was adopted, following an earlier win on Tuesday.“It’s been really special, you know, to see also how many fans I’ve gained here over the last few years from when I first played here. Now people know me a lot more and they know my mom or my background 스포츠토토존 or my history.”