In the first round of the inaugural WTA Melbourne Summer Set 2 2022, World No. 18 and the top-seeded Jessica Pegula will take on World No. 62 Irina Begu.
Jessica Pegula vs Irina Begu: Match Details
Tournament: WTA Melbourne Summer Set 2 2022
Match: Jessica Pegula vs Irina Begu
Round: First Round
Date: 4th January 2022
Venue: Melbourne, Australia
Surface: Hard Court
Prize Money: $2,675
Jessica Pegula vs Irina Begu: Match Preview
Jessica Pegula will return to the Tour for the first time since her quarter-final defeat at the 2021 Indian Wells where she lost to eventual runner-up Victoria Azarenka. Pegula had a good run in the second half of the season with consistent performances that saw her break into the Top-20 and achieve a career-high ranking of World No. 18.
Irina Begu last played in the first round of the 2021 Transylvania Open. She had a mixed run of results in the second half of the season with her best result coming at the 2021 Cleveland Open where she finished runner-up to Anett Kontaveit. She started the 2021 season ranked World No. 79 and was World No. 57 before ending the season early and finishing as World No. 62 at Year-end rankings.
Jessica Pegula vs Irina Begu: Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between the duo who last met in the quarter-finals of the 2020 Challenger Series in Indian Wells where Begu won in straight-sets and leads the head-to-head tie 1-0.
Jessica Pegula vs Irina Begu: Match Prediction
Irina will come into the tie with a career hardcourt record of 128-122 and was 16-10 on the surface last season while she finished the 2021 season with a record of 21-17 across all surfaces. Jessica will take the court with a career hardcourt record of 147-89 and was 29-12 on the surface last season and had a 39-19 record for the season across all surfaces.
Looking at these numbers, their recent form and performances in the past few weeks of the last season, Jessica Pegula seems to be the one heading into the next round given her better consistency and a mixed run of Begu.
Match Prediction: Jessica Pegula to win in 3-sets.
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