Jessica Pegula was one of the players who had yet to book her spot at the WTA Finals in Cancun, but she's done it now with a good run in Japan. Her participation at the event was largely never in question because she was the closest to officially securing her spot there, and now that's happened.
It happened because she made a deep run at the Japan Open as she bested a few players, including Maria Sakkari, to secure the final. It's a good result for the American, especially after she finished the US Open in such a disappointing way. Many assumed that she would finally break out on the major stage, but it didn't happen.
This won't be the first time Pegula played at the WTA Finals because she was also there last year. Like last year, Pegula will play both singles and doubles because she and Gauff should also be there after several amazing doubles performances this year.
The hope is to do better than last year in Forth Worth because she lost all of her matches there, both in singles and doubles. Overall, it was quite shocking, considering that the event took place on home soil. She's had a far season compared to last year, sitting at 49 wins already with a chance to go for 50 on Sunday.
Whether she gets it done or not, Pegula will certainly eclipse that number in the coming weeks and make this officially the winningest season of her career. It's well deserved because it's been her best year so far, as she also got a big trophy in Canada. She solidified herself as a Top 10 player in the world, and we'll see what she can do at the WTA Finals later this year.