USA’s Jessica Pegula will face the 25th-ranked Maria Sakkari of Greece in the fourth round of the 2021 Miami Open on Tuesday, March 30. Get the live streaming options of this Jessica Pegula v Maria Sakkari match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jessica Pegula v Maria Sakkari Head to Head
The only match between these two players had come in 2019 in Eastbourne with Sakkari having won that one 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the second round.
Pegula Sends Out Pliskova. Again.
In a span of around three or so weeks, Pegula has now face Karolina Pliskova, the former world number one and current sixth-ranked player on three separate occasions. And on each of the three times, Pegula has defeated Pliskova to advance further.
The first two times, in Doha and Dubai, so mesmerising was Pegula’s performance, Pliskova won a sum total of six games in all across the two matches which meant the third time they met, in Miami earlier today, the Czech had to do something to overturn things around.
And that’s what happened.
Pegula did start off a killer start yet again, breaking Pliskova thrice in the first set to claim the set, and then raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set with a break of serve again. However, Pliskova showed her class was permanent, not her form when she reeled off five start games to level the match with two breaks of serves.
The American then faced a break of serve yet again in the final set when Pliskova went 4-2 ahead, but Pegula came through by saving another service break-point and then converting two of her five break-points from there on to win the match.
That win came after Pegula hadn’t spent as much time in getting past Storm Sanders in the second round having received a first round bye.
Sakkari in No Trouble Again
After a first round bye, Sakkari has had no worries in both her next two round matches and has probably spent the least amount of time on court in getting to the fourth round of this competition.
The Greek had dropped five games in her second round victory over Arantxa Rus and then needed to spend even lesser energy on court with her victory over Ludmille Samsonova in the third round.
Sakkari, who registered her 10th win of the season, dropped a match-low of just one game in the entire season when she carved out her Russian opponent nicely, before winning 6-0, 6-1 to enter the fourth round in Miami for the first time ever.
As expected, Sakkari broke Samsonova six times, and while she faced five break-points of her own at various times during the match, the Greek came through without a loss of game off her own serve.
She now faces a sudden upping of ante in the form of Pegula but Sakkari has thrown the spanner in the works of some of the top players in the recent past too – beaten Cori Gauff, Garbine Muguruza and Sofia Kenin in Abu Dhabi for instance – and shouldn’t be that intimidated by Pegula.
Pegula v Sakkari Prediction and Tip
Not much to choose between these two players with Sakkari starting out at 5/6 to win this while Pegula a close second at 10/11. We will be going with this being a three-setter although we do thing Pegula can usurp her 25th-ranked opponent in this one.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)