The ATP 1000 event in Toronto saw a first-time winner as the Italian Jannik Sinner secured the biggest win of his career. On the WTA side of things, American Jessica Pegula bagged her 2nd career 1000 title.
Sinner completed a very impressive week north of the border as he confidently and swiftly dismantled Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-1.
The firepower from the Italian proved to be too much for the scrappy Aussie who simply lacks the tools to truly threaten Sinner. The 21-year-old was contesting his 3rd career Masters 1000 Final after falling twice before in Miami.
Jessica Pegula and Jannik Sinner take titles at National Bank Open
This is the biggest win of his career and it will catapult him to World No. 6 come Monday. He is setting himself up nicely for a strong seed at the US Open where he will clearly be a threat to go deep.
His big serve and heavy groundstrokes proved too much for the likes of Matteo Berrettini, Gael Monfils, and Tommy Paul in addition to his opponent in the Final.
That is a strong list of conquered foes on your way to a 1000 title. Sinner appears to be peaking and his game is in a good place after making a slight adjustment to his service motion. He will be a major player for the rest of the season.
On the ladies’ side, the aforementioned Pegula completed an impressive week of her own in Montréal. Pegula absolutely eviscerated Liudmila Samsonova 6-1, 6-0 in the Final in what was a glorified coronation on Sunday.
Pegula joins the Williams sisters as the only American woman to win multiple WTA 1000 titles. Elite company indeed.
Pegula defeated the red-hot Coco Gauff and World No. 1 Iga Swiatek on the way to this title, so she definitely made a statement to the rest of the Top 10. She’s a real threat in New York in this rich vein of form.
Samsonova was clearly gassed after having to complete her semifinal victory over Elena Rybakina earlier on Sunday. Pegula did not lose a point on her first serve which combined with her reliable baseline game makes her a very tough out for anyone on tour.
Sinner and Pegula took away any drama from the Finals on Sunday with their emphatic victories but you will not find them complaining one bit. The next step is using these marquee wins to launch themselves into big things over the next 3 months. On these efforts, they look like surefire contenders anytime they step on the court.