In an All-American second-round clash, No. 19 seed Jessica Pegula will meet the unseeded Sloane Stephens at the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Friday, October 8. Get the live streaming options of this Jessica Pegula v Sloane Stephens match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jessica Pegula v Sloane Stephens Head to Head
It will be the first time that the two will face each other.
Pegula In Solid Form
World No. 24 Jessica Pegula has been in good form, particularly on hard courts this season. The American, who reached her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open this year, made a WTA 1000 semifinal debut at the Canadian Open in August.
Since that run on Montreal, Pegula has played three tournaments, winning two matches in each of them before exiting. These included the Cincinnati Open, the U.S. Open and the Chicago Fall Classic last week.
Pegula also reached the semifinal in Qatar and has featured in a number of quarterfinals. She is however yet to reach a first final since finishing runner-up at the Auckland Open last year. The 2019 Washington Open winner has had some big wins this season, including 6 top 10 victories, which included four over Karolina Pliskova. Pegula also beat Elina Svitolina at teh Australian Open and Naomi Osaka on her way top the Italian Open quarterfinals.
This is her third main draw appearance at Indian Wells. She has never gone beyond the second round before.
Stephens Fights Back to Beat Watson
Sloane Stephens rallied from a set down to knock out Britain’s Heather Watson in the first round of the Indian Wells Open on Wednesday.
Playing at Indian Wells for a 10th time in her career, Stephens had never lost in the Round of 128 in the tournament but she was in real danger of falling in the first round on Wednesday after she lost the first set tiebreak, but she bounced back and overcame the first set deficit for a 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-1 win in two hours and 50 minutes.
The American had 18 break points in the contest and she converted seven of them. Her opponent had eight chances to break the American’s serve but Stephens saved half of them.
With the win the former World no. 3 improved her season record to 19-17. Currently ranked No. 73 in the world, Stephens has been very good on clay this year but has struggled to win matches on hard courts and a 5-10 record on the surface speaks for itself.
The 2017 U.S. Open champion will however be looking to string a few wins together and reach as far as possible in the tournament.
Pegula v Stephens Prediction and Tip
Pegula may not have gone too deep in most tournaments over the last couple of months, but she has done pretty well to avoid early exits. And she is expected to start with a win at Indian Wells as well.