Jessica Pegula is the first finalist of the WTA 1000 tournament in Montreal. The American achieved this by defeating the world's ranking leader Iga Swiatek in Saturday's, winning in three sets by 6-2 6-7(4) 6-4. The Pole was a confident favorite ahead of this match related to odds, but approached this match after two really tough battle against Karolina Muchova and Danielle Collins. Swiatek was surprisingly dragged down since the start of match against Pegula, as she lost the opening set in a shocking style, losing all of her 4 service games in this set. Pegula was also error prone, not showing up much better than her opponent, but two holds in the decisive phase worked out to clinch the set on account of the American.
Second set did not look much better for both sides. Both the players were still struggling on serve, trading one break after another. Swiatek faced a fear of losing this match in straight sets, when Pegula was 5-4 up. The Pole has won just one out of all 10 service games throughout whole the match up to this point. Swiatek managed to stay alive in this match, as she broke Pegula to deny the lose and forced a tiebreak, where she came back from being 2-4 down to move a settlement into third set.
Swiatek has seemingly took the control of this match finally, as she was up a break in third set, leading by 2-0 and 4-2 later on. When the match was about to end, Pegula performed a surprising come back, as she won 4 games in a row to make a big upset come true.
Rain delays the second semifinal
The American is the only one player sure to play in Sunday's final, as Elena Rybakina and Liudmila Samsonova need to settle the fight for another final spot on early afternoon on Sunday. Both the players were suffering a lot already earlier in the week due to scheduling in Montreal. Samsonova has needed to play two matches on Friday, as her Thursday's round of 16 match against Aryna Sabalenka was needed to be rescheduled due to long rain delay. Rybakina played the longest match of this tournament, battling against Daria Kasatkina for 3,5 hours in a match which started as late as after 11 PM on Friday and ended up after 3 AM on Saturday. Whoever wins the pending semifinal, will be in a very difficult position to keep loads of energy needed to perform well in the final, which is scheduled to played later on Sunday, after some suitable rest time.