Mutua Madrid Open 2021 Victoria Azarenka v Jessica Pegula: Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction

Published 05/01/2021, 12:54 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 9, 2021 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka reacts during her first round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


The Mutua Madrid Open 2021 has reached its second round, and fans will see some exciting clashes there. In one of the encounters, World No.15 Victoria Azarenka will be up against World No.33 Jessica Pegula.

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Victoria Azarenka v Jessica Pegula: Preview

Victoria Azarenka survived a tough match in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. Facing Ekaterina Alexandrova, she lost the second set but made an incredible comeback in the decider. The final scoreline of the match was 7-5, 3-6, 6-1. Even though the Belarusian is not in her best form at the moment, she proved that she can still win matches on of her not-so-good days.

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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

On the other hand, Jessica Pegula enjoyed a comfortable victory in her first match of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. She crushed Sorana Cirstea in straight sets and began her clay-court campaign in style.

While Pegula will come prepared for the powerful forehand of Azarenka, the Belarusian will have to find a way to respond to the cheeky drops of Pegula. The American has been phenomenal with them in the recent past and will like to carry her momentum in her next match as well.

Victoria Azarenka v Jessica Pegula: Head-to-Head

World No.15 Azarenka has only met Pegula once in her career so far. Interestingly, that match was at the Australian Open 2021 where Pegula stunned Azarenka by defeating her in straight sets. As a result, Pegula leads the head-to-head battle as of now.

Their face-off at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 will be their first-ever encounter on clay. It is a golden chance for Azarenka to settle her scores with Pegula.

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Azarenka v Pegula: Prediction

Even though Pegula defeated her recently, it’ll be Azarenka who will be starting as the favorite. The Belurusian knows how to perform under pressure and can defeat Pegula if she manages find a way to return Pegula’s drops.

ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 17: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates in her round two match against Sofia Kenin of the United States during day four of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico on September 17, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

However, it won’t be that easy for Azarenka and fans won’t be surprised if the match goes to three sets. They really expect a nail-biting finish. Will Azarenka be able to defeat Pegula and take her revenge on her at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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