Iga Swiatek will face Jessica Pegula in Saturday's final of WTA 500 Qatar TotalEnergies Open in Doha. The world's number one produced another stunning performance today, defeating Veronika Kudermetova in another one-sided match. The semifinal's task of Swiatek was done just after 57 minutes and ended up same as the previous duel against Danielle Collins, with a score 6-0 6-1.
The Russian was not making so many unforced errors as Collins before, but it was still not enough to avoid the cold shower from Swiatek who were clinically solid and unbeatable in every aspect of the game. Swiatek gave away just 17 points during whole the match, while Kudermetova was capable of winning just 5 (!) of it during Pole's service games.
Jessica Pegula fought a much more competitive semifinal match against Maria Sakkari. The top ranked American started from a front foot, winning the opening set 6-2. Pegula was close to advance into the final in straight sets, being a break up twice during second set, but Sakkari found a way to come back from the losing position, winning 4 games in a row and whole set 6-4, moving the match into decider. Pegula was not discouraged with a wasted chance, regrouping herself well and dominating the Greek in the final set, winning it 6-1.
Swiatek is a clear favorite before tomorrow's final clash, but Pegula who is known from her consistency, will be for sure much more demanding opponent than both the players who did not put up any resistance for the WTA ranking's leader. What boosts up confidence for the American is the last meeting between both finalists, which took place during United Cup competition just 6 weeks ago. Pegula dominated Swiatek there, winning 6-2 6-2, but the Pole seems to improve her game much since then, especially in the area of serving performance.