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Third seed Jessica Pegula takes on the challenge of Qinwen Zheng in round one of the Eastbourne International. A date with Camila Osorio awaits the winner after the Colombian ace made little work of Shelby Rogers in her first outing. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
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Jessica Pegula vs Qinwen Zheng – Match Predictions
Jessica Pegula to Win
Zheng has lost three of her last four matches, her only win coming against 144-ranked Tamara Zidansek. The Chinese is ace is bereft of confidence and has odds stacked against her as she prepares for Pegula. The American is coming off a relatively dormant clay court season and has her designs on a strong showing at Wimbledon, where she reached the third round last time around. With Kudermetova defeating Zheng on her only grass court outing, Pegula’s quality should help her make the switch to grass and triumph over Zheng.
2-0 to Jessica Pegula
Interestingly, the Chinese ace was also knocked out in the first round in last edition’s Eastbourne International. Magdalena Frech destroyed her in straight sets in that meeting and Pegula will have similar designs against her. With Zheng’s last five defeats on grass coming in straight sets, we believe a similar 2-0 scoreline will be repeated in her meeting with Pegula.
Jessica Pegula vs Qinwen Zheng Preview
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the Eastbourne International.
The American tennis star disappointed fans with her third-round ousting from Roland-Garros at the hands of Elise Mertens. It brought an end to a productive clay court swing that did not add to her silverware tally but saw her make a semifinal appearance in Charleston and a quarterfinal run in Madrid. As she turns her attention towards the grass court swing, she takes on the challenge, Pegula will be eager to improve on her second and third-round knockouts in the last two editions of the Wimbledon Open. Eastbourne International is her final preparation ground and needs to get started on the right foot.
The highest-ranked Chinese star ended her clay court adventures with a second-round exit at the French Open. The highlight of her outings on the red surface was a quarter-final journey at Rome Masters, where she forced a deciding set against Veronika Kudermetova but could get past her. The Russian also defeated her in her first outing on grass, a swift defeat without much resistance from Zheng. Against Pegula, she will have to give a better account of her abilities or suffer another first-round exit at Eastbourne International, the same fate that was enforced on her last time.
Jessica Pegula vs Qinwen Zheng Head to Head
This is the first meeting between Pegula and Zheng on the WTA tour.
Jessica Pegula vs Qinwen Zheng Match Details
- When is this match scheduled? This match starts at 16:00 GMT on 27 June.
- What is the prize money for Eastbourne International in 2023? The total prize money for the WTA event stands at $780,637.
- Who is the favourite to win this Eastbourne International duel? Jessica Pegula is favourite to win this match.
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