On Thursday, March 30, the world number three, Jessica Pegula will compete against Elena Rybakina, who is on a 12-match winning streak, in the semi-finals of the 2023 Miami Open. Pegula secured her spot in the semi-finals after a grueling match against Anastasia Potapova, where she saved a match point before winning 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2). This win was Pegula’s second victory over Potapova, who has also been in great form recently.
After a shaky start to the tournament, Rybakina appears to have regained her confidence. Despite a tough battle against Anna Kalinskaya and Paula Badosa in her first two matches, Rybakina managed to defeat Elise Mertens and Martina Trevisan with ease.
With a total of 20 match wins this season, Rybakina is tied with Aryna Sabalenka for the most wins. What’s more, Rybakina is still in contention for the elusive Sunshine Double, having recently won the Indian Wells tournament, where she secured her first WTA 1000 trophy two weeks ago.
Jessica Pegula has a 2-0 advantage over Elena Rybakina in their head-to-head record. Their most recent encounter at the 2022 Guadalajara Open went to a deciding tiebreaker in the third set. Despite Pegula’s previous successes against Rybakina, the Kazakhstani’s recent form has been impressive, including notable wins over Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka in the last two weeks. Pegula faces a challenging task in her upcoming match against Rybakina.
During her match against Potapova, Jessica Pegula experienced some powerful shots that she can expect to face from Elena Rybakina. However, Rybakina has an even more significant weapon in her serve, which has been crucial to her recent success. Rybakina has won over 75 percent of the points when her first serve is in. As a result, Pegula must be vigilant for second serves and any opportunities that arise when returning Rybakina’s serve.
The speedy courts in Miami are advantageous to Jessica Pegula, but the conditions also favor Elena Rybakina’s serve and groundstrokes as much as Pegula’s flat shots. Pegula’s main goal as the third seed is to stay competitive with Rybakina and keep her frustrated. Although Pegula has a chance to win, Rybakina is the favorite to emerge victorious unless she is affected by fatigue.
Prediction: Elena Rybakina wins in three sets.
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