Croatian tennis player, Petra Martic has made it into the third round of the 2019 WTA Charleston Open in South Carolina. Petra Martic will now play against Jessica Pegula from the United States.
Jessica Pegula had a big win in the previous round as she beat Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets. Pegula returned serve exceptionally well during the win as she won 54% of her receiving points. Jessica Pegula broke her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions and won 78% of her service games to set up a comfortable win. Pegula has had incredible support throughout this tournament since she is playing in her home country and that support is expected to continue in this match.
Petra Martic, on the other hand, also won her previous match in straight sets as she beat Mandy Minella. Similar to Pegula, Martic was very strong while returning as she won 51% of her return points which allowed her to win 56% of her return games. Petra Martic has looked in decent touch throughout this tournament and considering the fact that she is the higher ranked player in this match, she will be expecting to win.
Petra Martic and Jessica Pegula have played 3 times in the past. As it currently stands, Martic has won 2 head-to-head matches while Pegula has won once. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at WTA Quebec City where Jessica Pegula won in straight sets. Petra Martic’s most recent win against Jessica Pegula was in 2015. All the previous matches between Pegula and Martic have been on hard courts.
Looking at this match, I am going to pick Jessica Pegula to win. While Martic is higher ranked, Pegula is looking in very good form and her win over Sevastova shows that she has the ability to compete with the top player. Pegula has the home advantage and I see her winning this match and making the quarterfinals.