Pegula continues Quebec win streak with upset of Kenin

Sofia Kenin has been knocked out of the Tournoi de Québec. (Reuters pic)

QUEBEC CITY: American Jessica Pegula upset fifth seed Sofia Kenin 4-6 6-2 6-4 at the Tournoi de Québec on Saturday to reach her first WTA final.

Pegula will meet eighth seed Pauline Parmentier in Sunday’s final after the French player rallied past the UK’s Heather Watson 5-7 6-3 7-6(5) in the other semifinal, claiming the tiebreaker by winning the last three points.

Pegula, 24, served 10 aces and broke her younger American compatriot five times.

“I’ve been playing a lot of tournaments lately, so I have been getting a lot of match play and been doing pretty well, but this is probably the most amount of matches in a row,” Pegula told reporters.

Pegula had already beaten Kristyna Pliskova, Ons Jabeur, and second seed Petra Martic to reach the semifinal.

After missing seven months with injuries last season, she has enjoyed a much more successful 2018, reaching five semifinals in ITF events.

“I feel pretty good physically, which has always been the number one thing,” Pegula said. “Today, I wasn’t that sore or anything.”

“I’ve had some pretty good wins already, so I knew I had the chance to win the match today. I’m excited and I’m just glad I got it done.”