Tennis – WTA – Washington: Pegula on its main face at Baptiste

Published on August 1, 2022 at 9:57 p.m.

Mathieu WARNIER

Defending champion in Washington, Jessica Pegula easily took the measure of her compatriot Hailey Baptiste on the first tour.

Jessica Pegula is determined to defend her title in Washington. The American, seeded number 1 of the tournament, did not leave the slightest chance to her compatriot Hailey Baptiste for her entry into the running. The difference between the two players was clear from the first game but, despite three chances, the world number 7 did not manage to make the break. However, after seeing her opponent win her second service game, Jessica Pegula overcame her game. Converting her two break points, the Buffalo native completed a back-to-back winning streak that, in 36 minutes, gave her the first set victory on the second set ball. The scenario of the second round was very similar to that of the first.

Pegula ended up unrolling

Indeed, if Hailey Baptiste did not have a break point to save on her first serve, she didn’t have the weapons to compete with Jessica Pegula. The latter managed to make the difference by making her opponent give in. At the end of the third break point, the seeded number 1 was able to take the service of the 148th in the WTA rankings for the first time. From there, everything fell into place. Breaking Hailey Baptiste a second time, Jessica Pegula were able to serve to seal the fate of the meeting, which was done at the first opportunity (6-2, 6-2 in 1h13 ‘). For a place in the quarter-finals, the world number 7 will be opposed to the Australian Daria Saville, who overcame the Swedish qualifier Mirjam Bjorklund in three annexed sets (3-6, 7-5, 7-6 in 3h11 ‘).

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