Jessica Pegula ousted reigning US Open champion Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-1 to secure her place in the final of the season-ending WTA Finals tournament. While the semi-final between the American doubles partners got off to a 2-2 start, Pegula established her dominance by winning six games in a row.
“Coco is still the present and the future of U.S. tennis. I’m happy that I’m also at the top of the game and one of the leaders for all the Americans,” Pegula stated after her win. This is the first time that two Americans have faced each other in the final four of the WTA Finals since 2002, when Serena Williams defeated Jennifer Capriati.
Pegula will have to wait to see who she meets in the final after the other semifinal between Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek was suspended for the night. Swiatek was leading 2-1 at the time that play was halted, with the match set to resume on Sunday.