Jessica Pegula vs Emma Raducanu
August 18, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Emma Raducanu / Jessica Pegula
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Jessica Pegula and Emma Raducanu meet in the third round of the 2022 tennis Western & Southern Open.
Jessica Pegula is coming off a 3 sets win over Marta Kostyuk that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Pegula won 74 percent of her first serve points and 67 percent of her second serve points. Pegula won 72 percent of her total service points and converted on 6 of her 10 break points. Pegula got 64 percent of her first serves in play and hit 3 aces. Pegula has played 3 sets in 3 of her last 4 matches, and she’s won 6 of her last 7 matches that have gone the distance. Pegula looks to make her ninth career quarterfinal in a WTA 1000 tournament. Pegula has won 7 of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Emma Raducanu is coming off a straight set win over Victoria Azarenka that took 14 games to decide. In the victory, Raducanu won 70 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. Raducanu won 68 percent of her total service points and converted on 5 of her 6 break points. Raducanu got 74 percent of her first serves in play and saved all 3 break points. Raducanu needed just over an hour to get the job done, and she’s lost a combined 6 games in her first 2 matches. Raducanu looks to make her first career quarterfinal in a WTA 1000 tournament. Raducanu has split her last 10 matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these 2 players.
Pegula probably should be favored to win this match, and I wouldn’t talk you off the ledge if looking to back her. However, Raducanu has been absolutely dominant in her first 2 matches and her serve is on point. Pegula looked shaky in her last match, and that should be encouraging for her opponent. Assuming we can get Raducanu in the underdog role, there’s going to be value here.
I’ll take a shot with Raducanu and the plus money.