In what could be one of the clashes of the first round, world number 12 Belinda Bencic will take on the 27th-ranked Jessica Pegula in the Olympics 2020 women’s singles on Saturday, July 24. Get the live streaming options of this Belinda Bencic v Jessica Pegula match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Belinda Bencic v Jessica Pegula Head to Head
Interestingly their only match came at Hertogenbosch in 2015 where Bencic defeated Pegula in the first round in straight sets. Things have changed drastically since then, at least for Pegula.
Two Finals and Yet, a Struggle for Bencic
It’s been a strange sort of a season for Bencic. Twice this year, she has made it to the final of a WTA tournament, losing both but more importantly it’s her performances in the other tournaments that have been a cause for concern.
Because other than those two, Bencic’s record reads an abysmal 10-12 on win-loss.
What’s stranger is the manner in which Bencic has fallen apart from doing well at a tournament. At Adelaide, she made it to the final but a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Iga Swiatek was followed by three defeats from five matches in hard court tournaments.
She then reached the final of Berlin Open on grass but a second round exit at Eastbourne was followed by an opening exit at Wimbledon.
And now, here at the Olympics, she will be up against someone who holds a 17-6 record on hard court surfaces.
Pegula Would be Happy to Return to Hard Courts
While Pegula did reach the quarterfinal in Rome and then again in Berlin, her best performances this season have come on hard court surfaces.
After having won her maiden WTA title in Washington, again on hard court, Pegula has done well on it again this year. Following a slow start in Abu Dhabi, Pegula reached the quarterfinal at Australian Open – her best showing at a Grand Slam – and then as a qualifier she propelled through to the semifinal in Doha.
A quarterfinal in Dubai and fourth round appearance in Miami followed soon after before her results tapered off a little on clay and grass.
It was no different for Pegula last season either as she had reached the final of Auckland Open early in 2020, quarterfinal at Cincinnati Open and third round at US Open. And with a player who has been quite patchy all year up against here, she will start off with a lot of confidence in Tokyo.
Bencic v Pegula Prediction and Tip
Not surprising to have Pegula start off a favourite at this one, and at 8/11 we will grab those odds for the American to take down Bencic in this opener despite the difference in the ranking in favour of the latter.