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Want information on Pegula Australian Open 2023 matches, odds, and predictions? Keep reading for a full breakdown.
Pegula Australian Open 2023
Jessica Pegula is currently the number 3 ranked player as of the WTA ranking’s most recent update (January 9th 2023). She has improved at a remarkable rate over the last 12-18 months. And since she is ranked 3 in the world, naturally, she is also the number 1 ranked American on tour. Because of these things, there is a fair bit of excitement surrounding what Pegula could possibly do at the 2023 Australian Open.
After very dominant round 1 display Pegula’s outright odds to win it all were slashed from 13.00 to 8.50. Her odds fell to 8.00 after another clean win in round 2. After 2 more clean wins in the next 2 rounds and the elimination of the world number 1 Swiatek saw Pegula’s title chances go down to 4.50. She became the second favourite for the title with only Sabalenka topping her.
However, Pegula underperformed badly in the quarterfinals and this was where her journey in singles ended. The American is still with a chance to lift an Australian Open trophy though as together with Coco Gauff she is the number 2 seed in the Women’s Doubles and has already made it through to the semifinals.
Upcoming doubles match vs Aoyama/Shibahara – Pegula/Gauff Australian Open 2023
Pegula/Gauff just came out of their most impressive win of the tournament so far. This was also the first match in which both Americans were eliminated from the singles, so clearly now their entire focus is on the doubles.
The number 2 seed Pegula/Gauff had been playing better and better with each round so they will feel they stand a good chance of reaching the match for the title. We believe they will achieve that, especially against the number 10 seed Japanese duo Aoyama/Shibahara. Both Japanese have weak serves and the likes of Gauff and Pegula are expected to attack with the returns a lot.
Clearly the bookmakers also believe in Pegula/Gauuf as they give them only 4/10 (1.40) odds to win this matchup.
This will be the first ever meeting between the pairs.
Jessica Pegula Form – Including during the 2023 Australian Open
If you look at the recent matches for any of the main contenders for the Australian Open, Pegula is up there with the very best. She was almost flawless at the 2023 United Cup for the USA. In fact, among the four matches that she won here, she also dismantled Iga Swiatek. Of course, Swiatek is the world number 1 and the bookies’ favourite to win in Melbourne.
So really, this should give Pegula plenty of confidence going into the Australian Open. As for her exact matches, we’ve listed them below.
Pegula Form Prior to Australian Open 2023
Pegula vs Trevisan – won – 6-4, 6-2
Pegula vs Swiatek – won – 6-2, 6-2
Pegula vs Dart – won – 6-2, 6-0
Pegula vs Siegemund – won – 6-3, 6-2
Pegula vs Kvitova – lost – 6-7, 4-6
The thing about these last four matches is that Pegula hasn’t just won them, she has dominated everyone. As you can see, she hasn’t lost more than 4 games in a set in any of the four victories shown here. This kind of form is pretty staggering, to say the least. And besides the initial loss to Kvitova in the United Cup opener, she has been prolific out there on the quick hard courts.
Pegula Australian Open 2023 Singles Results
Pegula vs Cristian – Won – 6-0, 6-1 (2023 Australia Open 1st Round)
- Pegula vs Sasnovich – Won – 6-2, 7-6 (5) (2023 Australian Open 2nd Round)
- Pegula vs Kostyuk – Won – 6-0, 6-2 (2023 Australian Open 3rd Round)
- Pegula vs Krejcikova – Won – 7:5, 6-2 (2023 Australian Open 4th Round)
- Pegula vs Azarenka -Lost – 4-6, 1-6 (2023 Australian Open quarterfinal)
Pegula’s serve was very vulnerable in the quarterfinal against Azarenka and after starting the match 0:3 she never recovered. She deservedly lost in straight sets and yet again her main weakness was her serve. This eventually proved costly after some worrying signs in the previous rounds.
Pegula Australian Open 2023 Doubles Results
Pegula/Gauff vs Martincova/Vekic – Won – 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2 (2023 Australia Open 1st Round)
- Pegula/Gauff vs Uchijima/Wang – Won – 7-5, 6-1 (2023 Australian Open 2nd Round)
- Pegula-Gauff vs Kato/Sutjiadi – Won – 6-4, 6-2 (2023 Australian Open 3rd Round)
- Pegula/Gauff vs Chan/Yang – Won – 6-1, 6-1 (2023 Australian Open quarterfinal)
The most difficult doubles match for the number 2 seed Pegula/Gauff was their opening one. They needed 3 sets in it. They also started slow in round 2 when having to come from behind before claiming the first set 7-5.
However, as the tournament progressed both Gauff and Pegula were eliminated from singles so all their focus now shifted towards the doubles. The first match with both Americans out of the singles tournament was their quarterfinal and this was also their most convincing and decisive win on doubles so far. Clearly Pegula and her 18-year-old partner Gauff are now locked in and fully focused on their doubles results.
Interesting that from round 2 onward the Americans have faced only Asian pairs and this trend is set to continue in the semifinal.
Pegula Injury update: Nothing to report
Whenever these larger tournaments approach, there is always concern about injuries or other setbacks. But in the case of Jessica Pegula, there are zero injuries to report at the moment. Of course, this is fantastic news for Pegula, her team, and the thousands of Pegula fans out there. This comes at a time when other players such as Iga Swiatek are struggling with a few injuries ahead of this Grand Slam event.
So naturally, Pegula will be eager to keep things as they are concerning the absence of injuries. On that note, she actually chose to withdraw from Adelaide International this week. But despite the rumours, this was purely done so that she could have a break before the Australian Open. The withdrawal was not done due to any injury problems whatsoever.
Pegula Past Australian Open Performances
At 28 years of age, Jessica Pegula has been around the block a few times on the WTA Tour. In fact, some might even describe her as a bit of a veteran of the game. Believe it or not, Pegula has been a professional tennis player since 2009. Yet it wasn’t until recent years that she really made a name for herself at the top of the game. As it happens, Pegula didn’t crack the top 100 until 2019, although things have continued on an upward trajectory since.
Concerning her appearances at the Australian Open, if you look back quite a way to her early playing days, she was involved in the qualifying in 2013 and 2016. She made the first round and second round of qualifying in those years, respectively. Then in 2020, thanks to her ranking, she was straight into the main draw. However, things didn’t exactly go great, as she lost in the opening round.
Yet as Pegula continued to work on her game, things looked much more promising after 2020. In fact, for the last two years, Jessica Pegula has made the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open. She ultimately lost to the champion at the 2022 Australian Open too, which isn’t all that bad!
Therefore, when you factor in these past performances with her current form, she could be very dangerous at the 2023 Australian Open.
Pegula Australian Open 2023 Doubles Prediction – final
Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff should have more than enough firepower to beat their Japanese opponents in the semifinal. However, they are likely to face the world number 1 pair and defending champions Krejcikova/Siniakova in the final and this will be a very tricky matchup for the Americans.
They recently lost against Krejcikova/Siniakova so we don’t think Pegula/Gauff can cause an upset.