The American Jessica Pegula (4th in the world) qualified for the final of the WTA 500 tournament in Tokyo by dominating the Greek Maria Sakkari (6-2, 6-3) in the semi-final in 1h25 on Saturday.
Pegula will face the Russian Veronika Kudermetova (19th), victorious in the first semi-final over her compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (86th) 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, in the final. end of a 3h25 marathon match. At the age of 26, Kudermetova will play the sixth final of her career, her second this year after the one lost on grass in S'Hertogenbosch in June. She has only won one, in Charleston in 2021. It will be the eighth - the 3rd this year - for Pegula, 29, who has won three.