Jessica Pegula v Petra Martic Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for WTA Rome 2021: Gruelling Match in the Offing

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World number 25 Petra Martic will be in action against Jessica Pegula in their quarterfinal match at the 2021 Italian Open on Friday, May 14. Get the live streaming options of this Jessica Pegula v Petra Martic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Jessica Pegula v Petra Martic Head to Head

There have been three matches played in the main draw of WTA competitions and one other in the qualifying rounds of one and Martic leads 3-1. Pegula’s only win came at the Quebec Open of 2018, while Martic defeated her opponent in their only match on the clay, winning in Charleston in 2019.

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Pegula Continues Clay Improvement

Only in her second tournament on clay for the season, Pegula is already showing signs of taking to the surface like a duck to water. Having gotten knocked out of the Madrid Open last week in round three, Pegula has now won three back to back matches to march into the quarterfinals here.

The American, who had gotten the better of Daria Kasatkina in round one and then shocked the world number two Naomi Osaka in the second, became the first woman to make the last eight on Thursday. She did so by overcoming Ekaterina Alexandrova in double-quick time to set up this meeting.

Pegula was on court for a mere hour and 13 minutes and broke her Russian opponent each of the seven times she got a break-point. In turn, she was also broken on four occasions but still managed a 6-2, 6-4 win.

After easing to a victory in the first set, Pegula and Alexandrova exchanged four breaks of serve in the first seven games. However, while serving at 4-5, Alexandrova was broken yet again to fall to a surprising loss.

The American is now 4-1 on clay for the season, already her best win-loss record on the surface for any year.

Martic Thwarts Podoroska

Having lost five matches in a row in the lead-up to this tournament, not many would have given Martic a strong chance to make it to the last eight. A combination of some solid tennis and a fortunate draw so far has helped her make it this far, the first time ever she has made it past the second round.

And in the latest of those matches, Martic overcame a set deficit to usurp Nadia Podoroska in the third round.

The match lasted just over two hours and saw Martic get broken twice in the first set, but she retaliated with two breaks of her own in the second to level the match off.

The third set had the world number 25 took another 3-0 lead, lost her serve once before breaking again to go 5-1 up. A match-point on Podoroska’s serve followed and while the Croat failed to pocket it there and then had to save three break-points after that, Martic finally got a match-point on her own serve which she converted.

Can she now take down a player who has struggled to get going on clay otherwise?

Pegula v Martic Prediction and Tip

Martic is 11/8 to win this with Pegula rightly a favourite, but we think a gruelling match could be in the offing and three sets look likely.

Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Italian Open will be played from May 9-16. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

About Suneer Chowdhary 908 Articles
Suneer is a Mumbai-based freelance sports journalist with a special affinity towards cricket and tennis. He has also covered six ICC tournaments including Cricket World Cups and Champions Trophy.

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