USA’s Jessica Pegula who is ranked 33rd in the world faces Romanian world number 58 Sorana Cirstea in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Thursday, April 29. Get the live streaming options of this Jessica Pegula v Sorana Cirstea match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jessica Pegula v Sorana Cirstea Head to Head
There have been no previous meetings between these two players at the highest level. They have, however, faced off twice on the ITF tour and are 1-1 on head to head.
What’s rather curious is both their matches came in the first round of the Midland ITF competition, spread across four years!
Pegula Hopes to Decent Clay Switch
It has been one of Pegulaa’s best seasons in her career so far and she would love for that to continue on clay as well.
The American had started off 2021 ranked 64th in the world but her record this year has allowed her to climb to 32nd in the world. Another decent run in Madrid could help Pegula break into the top 30 on the charts.
The problem for Pegula is her record on clay isn’t as stellar as on hard court surfaces, as can be seen from what has transpired over the past couple of seasons. In 2019, Pegula started off with a third round appearance at the Charleston Open and second round in Prague but things veered off path since then.
In fact since that outing Prague, Pegula has won no main draw match, having failed to make the draw at 2019 WTA Madrid, and losing in openers at three successive tournaments.
Cirstea Shocks the World in Istanbul
If someone said Cirstea is going to win the Istanbul Open title at the beginning of that tournament one would have almost laughed. Here was s 60-something ranked player struggling to string together wins going on to win the trophy without dropping a set.
Having earlier made the quarterfinal in Grampians Trophy and third round at the Australian Open, Cirstea got the better of Anastasia Potapova, Fiona Ferro and then Elise Mertens in the final to clinch the tournament.
This was already a stark improvement over her showing on clay last season when she lost both her matches – first round defeats in Palermo and Roland-Garros making it a wretched time on dirt for the Romanian.
This time around, not only is Cirstea showing signs of form, she has also drawn an opponent who isn’t quite the best on clay.
Pegula v Cirstea Prediction and Tip
There isn’t much to choose between these two but given Cirstea’s form we will have to back her to win this.
Tip: Cirstea to win: 10/11 (bet365)