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Jessica Pegula and Maria Sakkari hadn’t seen each other in a while. Their rivalry has grown in the last year, and it will now enter a new chapter in the semifinals of the Citi Open 2023.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Jessica Pegula vs Maria Sakkari – Match Predictions
Take a look at the top Citi Open 2023 betting tips and also tennis predictions today.
Pegula to Win
Last year’s series was relatively even, with each player winning twice. Furthermore, their performance in the prior season was comparable, with each exceeding 40 wins.
Pegula has 37 wins this year and hopes to improve on her previous record, while Sakkari has 26. Based on this information, I believe that the victory will not be shared this time and that Pegula will defeat the Greek player for the second time in a row.
Set 1: Over 10.5 Games
This duel could be defined in two sets, and with victory for any of the two. However, the last two confrontations ended with a great amount of games.
This shows the great rivalry between the two. That is why we expect to see maximum effort from the competitors to not give up breakpoints. Based on this analysis, I think the first set will end 7-5 7-6.
Jessica Pegula vs Maria Sakkari Preview
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The 29-year-old tennis player performed admirably in the previous rounds. Even in the first round, when she was losing the first set to Elina Vitolina, we watched the American maintain a positive attitude and change the scoreboard.
Pegula has 35 wins and 12 defeats, demonstrating her high performance and keeping her in the top 5 of the WTA rankings.
The Greek tennis player has improved in the last month, but she still has a long way to go to match the results of previous years. Sakkari has not won any tournament this year and has not even played in the finals.
With her two wins at the Citi Open, Maria has accumulated 26 wins and 14 losses. This has helped her to stay in the top 10 of the ATP rankings. If she continues to obtain irregular results, she will no longer be one of the best in the world.
Pegula vs Sakkari Head to Head
The next match between the two tennis players will be the second of this season after they faced each other four times in the previous year. 2019 saw their maiden match take place on Eastbourne’s grass courts. In that case, Sakkari prevailed.
Since then, they have only faced off on hard courts, and in six games, the results have alternated. Against Jessica Pegula, Maria Sakkari holds a 4-3 series advantage. After three sets, the most recent encounter, which took place in February, went in Pegula’s favor.
17/02/23 Pegula beat Sakkari 6-2 4-6 6-1
31/10/22 Sakkari beat Pegula 7-6 7-6
Jessica Pegula vs Maria Sakkari Match Details
- The place set for this match will be Centre Court.
- The match is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5th at 19:00.
- Most bookmakers think Jessica Pegula is the favourite option to win.
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