Americans and close friends, Jennifer Brady and Jessica Pegula will face off in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Australian Open on Wednesday, February 17, with the match likely to begin at around 11 am local time (12 noon BST or 7 pm Eastern Time previous day). Get the live streaming options of this Jennifer Brady v Jessica Pegula match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jennifer Brady v Jessica Pegula Head to Head
This will be the second time that Brady and Pegula will face off in a competitive encounter with the first one having come at the 2020 Cincinnati Open. Pegula had beaten Brady in straight sets but that match.
Brady’s Consistency Makes Her a Tournament Dark Horse
Brady had burst on to the scenes with a semifinal appearance as a qualifier in the WTA Dubai competition, and since then consistency has been her middle name.
Barring the odd early failure, including one at the aforementioned Cincinnati Open where she lost to Pegula, her performances have been stupendous. A title win at the Lexington Open was her first, a semifinal at the US Open, again a first, and then a semifinal at the Ostrava Open to end the 2020 season has been followed by a quarterfinal here in Melbourne.
What makes this showing even more special is Brady is yet to drop a set in the tournament so far.
In each of her four rounds so far, against Aliona Bolsova, Madison Brengle, Kaja Juvan and then Donna Vekic on Monday in the fourth round, Brady has started so strongly it has given her opponent no chance. All four sets have ended 6-1 in her favour.
That has been followed by fightbacks of varying degrees, including the biggest of them all when an injured Vekic pushed her to 7-5 in the second set but that has been the best they have managed.
She now faces a fellow countrywoman and friend who has been playing some of the best tennis of her life-time.
Pegula Avenges Svitolina Loss
It was the first match of the season for Pegula earlier this year in Abu Dhabi and the American was hammered in straight sets, losing 6-4, 6-3.
Only a month or so later, Pegula was playing her yet again, this time in the fourth round of the Australian Open and the result has been reversed, the defeat avenged at one of the biggest stages of the sport.
Needing less than two hours, Pegula inflicted a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 defeat on the world number five, edging out her opponent by one break of serve. It came in the eighth game of the final set, when Svitolina, serving at 4-3 after having broken back to get level on serves, dropped her serve yet again off the fourth break-point she faced.
Pegula served it out the next game to clinch the encounter.
Earlier, the 61st-ranked player had shocked Victoria Azarenka in the first round before going past Samantha Stosur and Kristina Mladenovic in the next two.
Brady v Pegula Prediction and Tip
Pegula’s maiden run to the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam – she had never been to the fourth round before this – has made experts ask if anyone in the draw is playing better than her at the moment. This is also why things could get interesting despite the parity in the rankings between the two, although these two would have practiced and trained a lot together, making an interesting battle.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)