In a stunning upset, eighth-seeded Veronika Kudermetova defeated the top-ranked Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. This victory marked Kudermetova’s first win against Swiatek after five unsuccessful attempts. With determination and self-belief, Kudermetova managed to switch the head-to-head record and secure a well-deserved win. This victory propels her to her sixth semifinal appearance of the year. Up next, Kudermetova will face her compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who overcame Ekaterina Alexandrova in a hard-fought battle.
Second-seeded Jessica Pegula continued her impressive form in the quarterfinals by defeating sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina convincingly. Pegula’s swift victory came in just 59 minutes, showcasing her dominance on the court. This win secures her place in the semifinals, marking her seventh semifinal appearance this year. Pegula’s next opponent will be the fourth-seeded Maria Sakkari, who extended her winning streak to an impressive seven matches. Pegula and Sakkari have faced each other eight times before, with Sakkari leading the head-to-head record 5-3.
Top-seeded Ons Jabeur had to overcome a midmatch stumble in her semifinal clash against Nadia Podoroska. After comfortably winning the first set, Jabeur faced a setback due to an awkward jump into a backhand winner early in the second set. This affected her movement, allowing Podoroska to take advantage and win six consecutive games, leveling the match. However, after a medical timeout, Jabeur regained her form and displayed her resilience, booking her place in the final with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 victory. Jabeur, a three-time Grand Slam finalist, will now face Diana Shnaider, a 19-year-old Russian, in the final. Shnaider’s impressive performance saw her defeat fellow teenager Linda Fruhvirtova in straight sets, securing her first-ever tour-level final appearance.
In the Astana Open, qualifier Jurij Rodionov caused a major upset by defeating second-seeded Sebastian Baez in the second round. Rodionov showcased his skills and composure, closing out the match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory. Another notable result came from fourth-seeded Jiri Lehecka, who secured a comfortable win against Egor Gerasimov with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) scoreline. Sixth-seeded Adrian Mannarino faced a challenging battle against Alibek Kachmazov but ultimately triumphed in three sets. Hamad Medjedovic also advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Alexander Shevchenko 6-4, 6-4. In first-round matches, fifth-seeded Sebastian Korda overcame Alexei Popyrin in a closely contested match, while Sebastian Ofner bounced back from a slow start to defeat Marton Fucsovics.
The Toray Pan Pacific Open and Astana Open have provided us with a day of surprises, upsets, and thrilling matches. Veronika Kudermetova’s victory over Iga Swiatek and Jessica Pegula’s dominant display against Daria Kasatkina showcased their determination and skill. Ons Jabeur’s ability to overcome a midmatch stumble and secure a place in the final demonstrated her mental strength. The Astana Open delivered its own set of surprises, with qualifier Jurij Rodionov causing a significant upset by defeating second-seeded Sebastian Baez. As the tournaments progress, fans eagerly anticipate the exciting matches that lie ahead.