Number 11 seed Jessica Pegula will face Anhelina Kalinina in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Thursday, May 26. Get the live streaming options of this Jessica Pegula v Anhelina Kalinina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jessica Pegula v Anhelina Kalinina Head to Head
The two players share a fierce rivalry, currently tied at 2-2. Pegula has prevailed in their last three meetings although, two of those wins were walkovers.
Interestingly, all three matches took place in 2022 – one as recently as the Rome Open where Kalinina withdrew ahead of the game.
Pegula Knocks Out Wang
Jessica Pegula kickstarted her journey with a clinical, 6-2, 6-4 win over Qiang Wang.
The win follows her recent success on clay courts, notably in the Madrid Open where she reached the final before losing to Ons Jabeur in three sets. That was Pegula’s maiden 1000 title and third big tournament where she had delivered a deep run.
The 28-year-old became World No. 11 on the back of her quarterfinal stint in the Australian Open and a semifinal appearance in Miami. Moreover, a fair chunk of her defeats this season have come at the hands of rather formidable opponents like Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Maria Sakkari, and Ashleigh Barty.
Pegula also won a couple of doubles titles in Melbourne and Doha to build her experience. All in all, armed with a tally of 20-11, she is a daunting player who is well-equipped to put up a fight.
Kalinina, Making Waves
25-year-old Anhelina Kalinina is now ranked World No. 36 – a career-best for her. Her clay court preparations have been fairly decent as she reached the quarterfinal in Charleston and Madrid, defeating the likes of Emma Raducanu, Garbine Muguruza, Sloane Stephens, and Elena Rybakina.
While the Ukrainian did play in Rome as well, she withdrew from her second-round match with Pegula after dispatching Madison Keys in the preceding round.
Kalinina has also got a rich clay-court pedigree; she has 15 ITF finals on the surface (four from last season) and one WTA final (the first one of her career) from the Budapest Grand Prix.
She has also beaten a few top 10 players in her career and is known to be a fierce player who does not back down easily.
Pegula v Kalinina Prediction and Tip
This match can go either way; Pegula is the odds-on favourite but Kalinina is a player who cannot be underestimated.
A safe bet to make would be this being a long affair as neither is likely to be subdued easily; Kalinina, at 6/4, makes for a pretty good underdog bet too.