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Jessica Pegula vs Samantha Stosur Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Improving Pegula Targets Third Round
- Jessica Pegula vs Samantha Stosur preview and predictions for Thursday’s Australian Open match.
- The match is being played at Melbourne Park at 09.30 GMT.
- Three of Pegula's last five matches have been under 19 games
- I back Pegula to beat Stosur, who has won only three matches in 2020-1 so far
- Match preview, predictions and live stream information.
Jessica Pegula shocked Victoria Azarenka in the first round of the Australian Open (Getty Images)
Jessica Pegula vs Samantha Stosur Predictions
The USA’s Pegula pulled off a big shock when she beat US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka in straight sets in the first round. Against Stosur, she faces a player who she beat in straight sets in their only hard-court encounter.
Stosur only played five matches in 2020 and is now outside the top 100. The former US Open champion has not been ranked inside the top 50 since March 2018 and has never performed well at the Australian Open.
- Pegula has won 10 of her last 14 matches on hard courts
- Pegula is 7-3 against players outside the top 100 on hard courts over the past 12 months
- Two of Stosur’s last three matches against top-100 players were defeats by more than 6 games
- Stosur has not won back-to-back matches since September 2019
Head to Head
The head-to-head between Jessica Pegula and Samantha Stosur is 1-1.
Pegula won their only hard-court meeting 7-6(4), 6-3 in Washington in 2016. Stosur won their most recent meeting, on clay in Strasbourg in 2019, 6-3, 6-1.
Jessica Pegula Stats
Age: 26 (14 February 1994)
Height: 5’7” (170cm)
World Ranking: 61
Career High: 55 (August 2019)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 1
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: R1 (2020)
Jessica Pegula Form
Pegula won her first WTA Tour title in Washington in 2019 and was one of the most improved players on tour in 2020.
Now working with Venus Williams’s former coach, Pegula was runner-up to Serena Williams in Auckland in January 2020. She went on to reach the quarterfinals in Cincinnati and the third round of the US Open.
Pegula claimed wins over Jennifer Brady and Aryna Sabalenka on American hard courts in 2021. She pushed Sofia Kenin, reigning Australian Open champion, to three sets at last week’s Yarra Valley Classic.
In the Australian Open first round she upset two-time champion Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-4, although Azarenka was having breathing problems.
Much improved fitness has helped Pegula refine her shot selection and she is a much more dangerous player than she was two years ago.
Samantha Stosur Stats
Age: 36 (30 March 1984)
Height: 5’9” (175cm)
World Ranking: 112
Career High: 4 (February 2011)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 9
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 (US Open)
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: R16 (2006, 2010)
Samantha Stosur Form
Stosur only played five matches in 2020, losing four of them, before the sport was shut down. Early in the hiatus, Stosur decided to take the remainder of the season off as she became a mother.
Returning to action last week, Stosur lost 2-6, 0-6 to Marie Bouzkova.
She fared better in the Australian Open first round against Destanee Aiava, winning 6-4, 6-4. But Aiava is a wildcard ranked world no. 203, not really a challenge that’s comparable to Pegula - and Stosur, one of the biggest servers in the game, still got broken four times.
Jessica Pegula and Samantha Stosur meet in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday 11 February (9.30am GMT scheduled start).
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Jessica Pegula and Samantha Stosur are meeting in the second round of the Australian Open.
Stosur has played few recent matches, and two of her last three meetings against top-100 players have been heavy defeats. It is worth backing Jessica Pegula to win by a decent margin.
On the same basis it seems likely that the match will not be a long one.
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