Taylor Townsend vs Jessica Pegula Prediction and Odds: Italian Open 2023

Jessica Pegula is among the top favorites to win the Italian Open and she will go against another American Taylor Townsend who leads the head to head against Pegula.

The odds in this article were correct at the time of writing, and odds are subject to change. We recommend checking with the bookmaker before placing the bet.

Taylor Townsend vs Jessica Pegula – Match Predictions

There is a huge gap between the two Americans in the WTA rankings but they know each other very well since this will be their fourth match against each other.

Taylor Townsend +6.5 games

Jessica Pegula is among the favorites on the tournament and should not have any difficulties in her first match against Townsend. However, Townsend have defeated Pegula before and definitely knows how to play against her. The given spread of +6.5 games looks pretty big and regardless the recent result of both players, Townsend will be able to hold on and cover the spread.

Over 18.5 games

Townsend went through the qualifiers to make it to the main draw in Rome and since she is here now, she will definitely give her best tennis against Pegula. That may not bring her success in this match, but she will be able to be competitive in this match and maybe even win a set. Even if she fails to do that, this match will definitely go over 18.5 games.

Taylor Townsend vs Jessica Pegula Preview

Jessica Pegula was listed as the third favorite to win the tournament and her journey in Rome begins against the fellow American, Taylor Townsend.

Taylor Townsend

Townsend is currently ranked in 168th which is far under her career-high at No. 61. The 27-year-old is 6-7 for the season and 4-1 on clay. The American went through the qualifiers in Rome defeating Dalma Galfi and Mirjam Bjorklund. In the first round of the main draw, Townsend went past Ysaline Bonaventure by 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. Previously this season, Townsend made it to the second round at the Australian Open and Miami.

Jessica Pegula

Pegula is ranked third in the world which is her career-high ranking. The 29-year-old is 27-8 for the season and 6-2 on clay. Last week, Pegula made it to the quarterfinals in Madrid where she lost to Veronika Kudermetova in three sets. Earlier this year, Pegula made it to the final in Doga where she lost to Iga Swiatek and also played in three semifinals in Dubai, Miami and Charleston.

Taylor Townsend vs Jessica Pegula Head to Head

Taylor Townsend leads 2-1 in the previous matches against Jessica Pegula. All three matches were played on hard surface and all three ended in straight sets. Pegula won the first one in Captiva Island in 2013 and Townsend the next two, in Sumter in 2017 and at the Australian Open in 2020.

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Taylor Townsend vs Jessica Pegula Match Details

  • Date and Time: The match will start on Thursday, May 11 at 15 GMT
  • Venue: The match will be played on Grand Stand Arena
  • Where to watch the match in UK? This match will be available on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom

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