Jessica Pegula vs Victoria Azarenka
January 24, 2023 3:00 am EDT
The Line: Azarenka +220 / Pegula -278
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Jessica Pegula and Victoria Azarenka meet Tuesday in the 2023 Australian Open quarterfinals. Let’s preview this match and give out a pick and prediction.
Jessica Pegula Betting Preview
Pegula is coming off a straight set win over Barbora Krejcikova that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Pegula won 63 percent of her first serve points and 68 percent of her second serve points. Pegula won 65 percent of her total service points and converted on 5 of her 18 break points. Pegula has yet to drop a set this tournament, and she’s won 8 straight matches overall when you include United Cup play. Pegula looks to make her first career grand slam semifinal. Pegula is 0-4 in grand slam quarterfinal matches. Pegula has won 8 straight matches on hard court.
Victoria Azarenka Betting Preview
Azarenka is coming off a 3 sets win over Lin Zhu that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Azarenka won 70 percent of her first serve points and 32 percent of her second serve points. Azarenka won 56 percent of her total service points and converted on 7 of her 15 break points. Azarenka has won back to back matches where she’s dropped the first set. Azarenka looks to make her first grand slam semifinal since the 2020 US Open. Azarenka hasn’t made an Australian Open semifinal since 2013. Azarenka looks to make her ninth career grand slam semifinal. Azarenka has won 6 of her last 8 matches on hard court.
Pegula vs Azarenka Match History
They’ve split the 4 meetings. Pegula won the most recent match in 2022 Guadalajara. Azarenka won 2021 Indian Wells. Three of the 4 matches were decided in straight sets.
Randy’s Free Pick
There’s value with Azarenka and the plus money when you consider Pegula has yet to get over the hump in grand slams. Azarenka has endless experience to rely on. However, Azarenka has needed 3 sets to beat lesser competition, and that’s not encouraging entering this match. Pegula is easily in better form, and it’s only a matter of time before she makes the semis of grand slams and eventually lifts a trophy. Give me Pegula in 3 sets.