Pauline Parmentier beat American qualifier Jessica Pegula 7-5 6-2 to claim the title at the Coupe Banque Nationale. Having sealed the championship trophy in Istanbul earlier this year, 2018 became the first season in the 32-year-old Frenchwoman’s career where she claims multiple singles titles.
The Frenchwoman remains unbeaten in four career WTA finals as she defeated Victoria Azarenka in Tashkent in 2007, and Lucie Hradecka at 2008 Bad Gastein. Parmentier, who was 2-15 going into Istanbul in April, and went 18-12 since then, won 50% of second serve points to maintain the edge against the American, playing her maiden tour-level final.
Pegula had previously reached just one WTA Tour semifinal, at 2016 Washington in 2016, beating No.14 Samantha Stosur in the quarter-finals to clinch her career-best win. World No.227 Pegula, the lowest-ranked player to reach a final since World No.254 Barbora Krejcikova was runner-up in Nurnberg last year, came back to the Top 150 for the third time in a topsy-turvy career marked by recurring injuries.
Pegula, the third qualifier to reach a final in 2018, following Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Brisbane and Amanda Anisimova in Hiroshima, gained a 4-1 lead in the opening set thanks to one of her five aces. But Parmentier leveled at 4-4 and surrendered to a crucial break to 6-5 when Parmentier converted the third chance with a forehand winner.
The momentum switched and another winner gave the Frenchwoman the opening set. She attacked consistently Pegula's forehand in the second set and drew a lot of errors from her opponent who found herself 4-0 down. Pegula saved three match points in a row at 5-1 before holding, but Parmentier needed only one more chance in the next game to complete her title run