Date: 5 May 2022.
Tournament: Madrid Open 2022.
Venue: Madrid, Spain.
Category: WTA 1000.
Match timing: Not before 9 pm local time, 7 pm GMT, 3 pm EST, 12.30 am IST
Prize money: €6,744,165.
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | UK - Amazon Prime Video.
Jessica Pegula vs Jil Teichmann preview
Twelfth seed Jessica Pegula and World No. 35 Jill Teichmann will lock horns in the Madrid Open on Thursday, with a spot in the final up for grabs.
World No. 14 Pegula has had a decent season so far, reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the semifinals in Miami. However, her first tournament on clay in Charleston last month ended in the Round of 16.
The American has bounced back strongly this week in Madrid with four wins to reach the last four. Pegula showed tremendous resilience to save a match point in her first-round win over Camila Giorgi. She also halted the run of comeback queen Bianca Andreescu in the pre-quarterfinals.
The American survived a breakfest in the quarterfinals against home hope Sara Sorribes Tormo to emerge victorious 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday. She has now advanced to her second straight WTA semifinal.
Teichmann, meanwhile, made a poor start to the season before rebounding in Dubai with a run to the quarterfinals as a qualifier.
However, she managed a grand total of just three wins in her next four tournaments.
The World No. 35 seems to have regained her confidence in the Spanish capital this week. Teichmann hasn't dropped a set so far in four matches, knocking out three-time champion Petra Kvitova, 16th seed Elena Rybakina, 17th seed Leylah Fernandez and Anhelina Kalinina.
After such strong performances, the southpaw will be raring to go when she meets Pegula in the semifinals.
Jessica Pegula vs Jil Teichmann head-to-head
Pegula and Teichmann have never squared off on the tour before, so their head-to-head is currently tied at 0-0.
Jessica Pegula vs Jil Teichmann odds
(All odds sourced from BetMGM)
Jessica Pegula vs Jil Teichmann prediction
Although Teichmann is the lower-ranked player in this clash, she holds a slight edge over Pegula. The high-altitude conditions in Madrid suit the Swiss, who loves playing on clay. Both of her titles so far have come on this surface.
The southpaw will look to utilize her wide serve on the deuce side to get Pegula moving and open up the court. She is also comfortable at the net and can move forward to finish points quickly. Teichmann also has excellent movement and court coverage, which held her get on top of the opponents in longer exchanges.
For the aggressive Pegula to have any chance against Teichmann, she will need to serve well and cut down on her unforced errors. Her serve was a liability in her last match against Sorribes Tormo as she landed just 54% of her first serves and won 47% of those points.
She also conceded five breaks of serve. Against Teichmann, who has such a strong claycourt pedigree, Pegula cannot afford to dig herself into a similar hole.
The Swiss is also the only player not to have dropped a set this week, which will further boost her confidence.
Prediction: Jil Teichmann to win in three sets.