Jessica Pegula won her third career's title by defeating Liudmila Samsonova 6-0 6-1 in Sunday's final of the WTA 1000 tournament in Montreal. It's also her second WTA 1000 title after winning the previous year's event in Guadalajara.
Busy Sunday in Montreal
The final clash was not the only one singles match happened on Sunday, as Liudmila Samsonova and Elena Rybakina had to play in the semifinal, which got rescheduled from Saturday's evening due to weather conditions. Both the players were heavily influenced by the scheduling in Montreal this week, as Samsonova had to play two singles matches on Friday, while Rybakina played 3,5 hours long marathon against Daria Kasatkina at this day, which started very late and finished after 3 AM on Saturday.
Rybakina started the Sunday's action from a front foot, as she needed just 28 minutes to win the opening set against Samsonova by 6-1. This was the end of good performance from the Kazakh though, as she started t struggling in two following sets. Rybakina was seemingly suffering for a pain in shoulder, which was a reason for the medical time-out called for her earlier in the tournament. Rybakina was out of the gas and dropped the level since the middle of second set. Samsonova advanced into her first WTA 1000 final in career without an issue, giving away just 3 games to her struggling opponent since losing the opening set. 1-6 6-1 6-2 is the score.
Samsonova did not had too much time to rest up, as she came back on court just 2 hours later to take up the challenge of playing for her maiden WTA 1000 title. The scheduling circumstances had surely not help the Russian to perform well. Pegula was on another level of physicality this afternoon and the final match occured to be absolutely the easiest one for the American after prevailing in tough three-sets battles against Cori Gauff and Iga Swiatek before. Pegula won 11 games in a row since the score 1-1 in final's opening set and secured the title after just 49 minutes of play.
Jessica Pegula strengthens herself in the spot of world's number 3 in WTA ranking after the title run in Montreal. Liudmila Samsonova celebrates her new career's highest rank. The impressive start of North American hard court swing for the Russian, who advanced into semifinals in last week's WTA 500 in Washington and achieved her first ever WTA 1000 final this week, resulted in an advance into 12th place in official rankings. Danielle Collins is the one who has also performed a notable advance in rankings. The American approached the quarterfinals while starting her Montreal campaign from qualifying, and moved up into 34th place up from 48th, which keeps her in a contest for US Open seeding places before the next week's tournament in Cincinnati.