Aryna Sabalenka will take on Jessica Pegula in the third round of the Madrid Open 2021. Sabalenka is currently the World no.7 on the WTA rankings and Pegula is the World no.33.
- Tournament: WTA Madrid Open 2021
- Match: Aryna Sabalenka vs Jessica Pegula
- Round: Third-round
- Date: 4th May, 2021
- PrizeMoney: €34,048
- Venue: Madrid, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Aryna Sabalenka vs Jessica Pegula: Match Preview
Sabalenka has had a great end and start to 2021, and she has continued that same form into the clay court leg of the season. In the Stuttgart Open, she played some wonderful tennis to reach the Final of the competition. Unfortunately for Sabalenka she lost the Final to Ash Barty in three sets. A setback for Sabalenka but she will take heart from the way she played against top players like Simona Halep.
In the tournament so far, Sabalenka has beaten the veteran Vera Zvonareva in the first round. In the second she has got the better of, in form player, Daria Kasatkina 6-3 6-3. Her third round opponent is American Jessica Pegula.
Pegula has been in terrific form in the hard court season 2021. She reached the Quarterfinals of the Australian Open, the Semifinals of the Qatar Open and then again the Quarterfinals at Dubai. She has started the clay court swing decently by edging out Sorana Cirstea in her opener. In the second round Pegula got lucky as Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the tournament with a lower back injury.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Jessica Pegula: Head-to-Head
The two players have met twice before and the head to head is 1-1. The last time these two players met was on the clay courts of the French open, a contest that Sabalenka won in straight sets 6-3 6-1.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Jessica Pegula: Prediction
Sabalenka has overwhelmed her opponents with power in the tournament so far. Against Kasatkina alone, she blasted 40 winners. Sabalenka is 11-3 on clay this season and has certainly found a way to adapt on the surface. Pegula needs to prove that she can beat top players, on clay. Sabalenka is in great form and should win this.
Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka will win in three sets.