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As the China Open progresses, Jessica Pegula and Anna Blinkova find themselves in a high-stakes encounter. Pegula aims to build on a stellar season while Blinkova seeks to regain her winning momentum.
- 1 Our favourite Jessica Pegula vs Anna Blinkova predictions
- 2 Pegula faces Blinkova in China Open showdown after Tokyo heartache
- 3 Key match details
Jessica will be seething with anger after her straight-set defeat to Veronika Kudermetova in the Tokyo Open final. It will all be coming out on Anna, who has been short of positive momentum but arrives after an impressive victory over Donna Vekic.
Over 18.5 Games @ 83/100 (1.83)
In their meeting on the green clay courts of Charleston, Blinkova could only take two games off Pegula before the match finished. After securing her second victory in three games, she is in much better form and will not let up without a fight. Pegula arrives from Japan after being active throughout the week and will surely have tired legs, which will allow her Russian rival some room to breathe. Based on this, we expect this match to drag on and see at least 18.5 games.
3 Total Sets @ 13/5 (3.60)
Vekic is not in the same league as Pegula nor is she as consistent. However, the Croatian ace is a top-20 player and is not easy to get results against. Blinkova showcased against her that she can match her wits with the best and will challenge the world number 4. After a fatiguing journey to the Tokyo Open final, Pegula will not be at her best and can concede a set. We believe it might be the case and expect to see the match go into a deciding set to find a victor.
According to most bookies, Pegula is the overwhelming favourite and her odds of 9/100 (1.09) suggest that she has a 91.7% chance of winning. For all intents and purposes, Blinkova is here to make up the numbers with odds of 6/1 (100) and 13.9% implied probability of winning.
The odds in this article were correct at the time of writing, and the odds are subject to change. We recommend checking with your bookmaker before placing a bet.
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far this season for the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
Jessica Pegula preview
Jessica Pegula arrives at the China Open following an impressive season that includes a WTA 1000 title in Montreal and a WTA Finals qualification. Her Tokyo final run solidified her position as a top contender in Beijing and she will undoubtedly be a formidable opponent at the China Open. However, questions about her ability to go far in events and secure silverware remain. While she has only been ousted in round two once in 2023, her tally of only two WTA titles has been disappointing.
Anna Blinkova returns to Beijing with an impressive top 40 ranking, marked by a Challenger title in Cluj-Napoca and notable runs in Hobart and Strasbourg this year. However, her recent form has seen her struggle to string consecutive wins together. The Russian starlet has lost seven of her last ten matches since the Wimbledon Championships and is in dire need of some positive momentum. She has a tough task on her hands against Pegula and needs to rise to the occasion.
Pegula holds a 1-0 lead in their head-to-head encounters, with their previous clash in Charleston earlier this year resulting in a dominant 6-2, 6-0 victory for the American heiress.
Key match details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 05:30 GMT on 3rd October.
- Who is the top seed of the China Open? Aryna Sabalenka has the top billing at China Open 2023.
- Who is the reigning China Open champion? Naomi Osaka is the reigning China Open champion.
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