Jessica Pegula Establishes Her 3rd Consecutive Win Over Karolina Pegula at Miami Open 2021

Published 03/28/2021, 1:23 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 15, 2021 Jessica Pegula of the U.S. celebrates winning her fourth round match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Kelly Defina


World No.6 Karolina Pliskova bowed out of Miami Open 2021 courtesy of American player Jessica Pegula. The 2019 Miami Open finalist was ousted in three grueling sets. With this win, Pegula has extended her winning streak against Pliskova to 3-0.

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Jessica Pegula dominates Karolina Pliskova in the first set

Pliskova got off to a bad start to the match. She was beaten in the first game itself, as Pegula didn’t have any problems in breaking her opponent. Pliskova’s problems continued as she was broken again to hand Pegula an assailable 4-0 lead in the opening set.

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Pliskova was close to going down 5-0 in the set, as she had to save a break point at 4-0. While she managed to put up something of a fight, it wasn’t enough by any means.

Pegula held her serve to take a 5-1 lead in the opening set and proceeded to once again break Pliskova’s serve and take the set 6-1.

Karolina Pliskova makes a splendid comeback in the second set

Pliskova‘s bad run continued in the second set as well. The former World No.1 had no answers to Pegula’s variations. At 2-1, Pliskova was broken and Pegula looked poised to seal the second set and take the match.

Pegula’s lead stretched to 4-1 and Pliskova was running out of time, but the set was far from over. Pliskova started with renewed energy after going 1-4 down in the second set and started putting together a semblance of a fight. She rallied back to break Pegula for the first time in the match.

Soon, the second set was level at 4-4. Pegula was stunned by the new Pliskova. The match was quickly slipping from Pegula’s hand.

Pliskova even broke Pegula for the second time in a row to serve for the second set. Pliskova won five games in a row to win the second set 6-4.

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Change of tides in the third set

The third set was cagey as both the players now were playing cautiously well. But Pliskova was clearly trying to break Pegula fast. She saw the first break points of the final set at 1-1 but Pegula saved them. To Pegula’s misery, however, Pliskova was wrapping up her service games quickly and not giving the American a chance to break her while also mounting pressure on hers.

Riding on the momentum from the second set, Pliskova finally broke Pegula to lead 3-2. At 4-3, Pliskova had another breakpoint to effectively seal the game, but Pegula held on. But the match had another twist up its sleeve as Pegula took back the game from Pliskova to level final set 4-4.

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Suddenly the situation was tense for Pliskova. Pegula changed the tide and took the lead 5-4 in the set. This small change in momentum won Pegula the match. From being 4-2 down, Pegula won four games in a row to win the final set, 6-4, and advance further in Miami Open 2021.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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