World number 26 Jessica Pegula will take on the Russian wildcard and 65th-ranked Ludmilla Samsonova in the second round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Wednesday, June 30. Get the live streaming options of this Jessica Pegula v Ludmilla Samsonova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jessica Pegula v Ludmilla Samsonova Head to Head
In their only previous meeting Pegula had defeated Samsonova in the qualifiers of the Cincinnati Open last year.
Pegula Sends Garcia Packing
Pegula was always the favourite going into her first round match against Caroline Garcia but the manner in which demolished her opponent made for interesting viewing.
The American needed only an hour and three minutes to carve out a 6-3, 6-1 win over Garcia, herself a former world number four.
While Pegula hit approximately the same number of winners as her opponent, 17 to Garcia’s 18, it was her clutch play at difficult points that allowed her to come through. Just 10 unforced errors and only six first serve points were lost by Pegula in the encounter.
Pegula had earlier made it to the German Open quarterfinal and finished up in the second round at Bad Homburg but never won a match at Wimbledon. Can she now make it two in two against a player who has been on something of a run in recent times on grass?
Samsonova Kills off the Kanepi Contest
It was never expected to be an even contest but Samsonova did not let the pressure of the situation and her own inexperience get to her in what was her maiden Wimbledon main draw appearance.
The Russian, who was on a seven-match winning streak on grass – including a couple of qualifying victories – demolished the experienced Kaia Kanepi in straight sets. Needing an hour and four minutes on court, Samsonova won 6-4, 6-2 to march into the second round where she faces another intriguing test.
And it’s not like Samsonova isn’t used to it.
It’s not like Samsonova’s win at the German Open came against low-ranked players aided by the luck of her draw.
It was a fully-deserved victory in a performance that makes her a favourite coming into this match against Pegula. It was a performance that saw Marketa Vondrousova, Veronika Kudermetova, Madison Keys, Victoria Azarenka and Belinda Bencic fall by the wayside.
And it was the kind of performance that has Samsonova pegged at 25/1 to win the title outright at this stage, behind only eight other players.
Pegula v Samsonova Prediction and Tip
It should be of no surprise Samsonova is a favourite against a player ranked about 40 places above her. Such has been her form, it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise if she rammed home the advantage by winning in straight sets too. Will go with the flow here.