The 15th seed triumphed in three sets of 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4 in 2h 14min.
We had never played against each other, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was a great fight. I’m really glad I didn’t miss it. Of course, I can improve, but I’m gaining confidence. I’m building my game and I’m really happy to be in this positionsaid the winner.
The American (#7) quickly took control of the first set with two successive breaks in the third and fifth games.
The Romanian responded with equal confidence in the next one. She broke Pegula’s serve at the first opportunity. Except that her rival did not allow herself to be imposed and picked up pronto, unable however to save the bet on his next service. Much to Halep’s delight.
The final act resulted in more uneven play. The two players exchanged breaks of service from the start.
Victorious in Montreal in 2016 (New window) and 2018 (New window), Halep gave herself, not one, but two insurance breaks in the fifth and seventh games except that she had to wait three more games before reaching her fourth final on Canadian soil. She had suffered the defeat in 2015 against the Swiss Belinda Bencic.
In the final, the new protege of Patrick Mouratoglou, former friend and trainer of Serena Williams, will face the surprising Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.
The faller of Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez and favorite Iga Swiatek added Czech Karolina Pliskova to her roster following a 6-4, 7-6 (9/7) win.
A year ago, Haddad Maia was ranked 183rd in the world rankings. She arrived in Toronto in 24th place and will rise to the top 20 on Monday.
I think the results came because of hard work, Haddad Maia said. The only thing I changed in the last 12 months was to focus more on the process than the results.
In doubles, Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and Mexican Giulina Olmos lost in the semi-finals 6-7 (5/7) and 3-6 against Australian Ellen Perez and American Nicole Melichar-Martinez.