World number 26 Jessica Pegula will be up against fellow American Hailey Baptiste, who is ranked 166th in the world in the first round of the 2021 German Open on Tuesday, June 8. Get the live streaming options of this Jessica Pegula v Hailey Baptiste match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jessica Pegula v Hailey Baptiste Head to Head
Pegula and Baptiste will be playing each other for the first time in a competitive encounter.
Pegula Hopes to Get Back to Her Best
Make no mistake, Pegula wasn’t off by a lot during the clay swing. She did make the third round in Madrid and then stormed into the quarterfinal at Rome.
However, the American would have loved to do a lot better than her third round exit at Roland-Garros, having had a hard court season to remember earlier.
Pegula had reached her first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open, and then as a qualifier at Doha, seen off a few of them to enter the semifinal. A quarterfinal at Dubai followed soon after that and all in all, Pegula has improved to 26th in the world at the moment.
As far as her record on grass is concerned, Pegula hasn’t had much to boast about.
In fact, Pegula is yet to win a main draw match on this surface and with the kind of form behind her back and given she would be seeded going into Wimbledon as well, the American will have her best chance of doing that this season.
Can she start off with a convincing performance against the 166th-ranked qualifier though?
Baptiste Showing Signs of a Future to Behold
She is just 19 but has already seen a rise to 166th in the world having been 243rd in March earlier this season. And Baptiste will now look to add to her consistent performances this season when she takes to court against Pegula.
Baptiste, in the first ever tournament of her career on grass, made it to the main draw with back to back straight-set wins in the qualifiers. This showed marked maturity from the teenager who had earlier featured in six tournaments on clay before this.
Making that switch is difficult for even some of the veterans of the game but Baptiste’s qualification to main draw here seems to have shown otherwise.
And it’s not like Baptiste’s form on clay was too bad either – as a qualifier at French Open she made the second round with a win over Anna Blinkova after having entered the quarterfinal at an ITF competition too.
Can she now test out a player who will be playing for the first time on grass in two years?
Pegula v Baptiste Prediction and Tip
Backing Pegula to take this but not before Baptiste has pushed her hard and made it very tough for her. A three-set match looks likely but a Pegula win seems to be a safer call.