Fixture: Jessica Pegula vs Kirsten Flipkens
Date: 2 September 2020
Tournament: US Open 2020
Round: Second round (Round of 64)
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York, USA
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
Prize money: $39,024,000
Match timing: 1.30 pm EDT, 1 pm IST
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel / ESPN | India - Star Sports & Hotstar
Jessica Pegula vs Kirsten Flipkens preview
Jessica Pegula will look to continue her excellent form on the American hardcourts as she takes on Kirsten Flipkens in the second round of the US Open on Wednesday.
Pegula was at her battling best in the first round as she overcame Marie Bouzkova with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 win. That comes on the back of an outstanding run at the Western & Southern Open in Flushing Meadows, where she reached the quarterfinals.
Her opponent on Wednesday, Kirsten Flipkens, is no amateur on the tour. The Belgian has been a regular feature at Grand Slam events since 2009.
Flipkens was not in the best form at the start of 2020, but her run at the Western & Southern Open will have inspired some confidence. She strung together a couple of impressive wins, in particular against Katerina Siniakova, before she bowed out to Johanna Konta in the round of 16.
Jessica Pegula vs Kirsten Flipkens head-to-head
The second round match at Flushing Meadows is the first between Jessica Pegula and Kirsten Flipkens, so the head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.
Their rankings are similar too; Pegula is ranked 63rd and Flipkens 72nd as per the WTA rankings.
Jessica Pegula vs Kirsten Flipkens prediction
Given Jessica Pegula's excellent run at Flushing Meadows last week, she will come into the second round match as the favorite. But Kirsten Flipkens is a former Wimbledon semifinalist, and she can use her big-stage experience to unsettle Pegula's aggressive baseline game.
Both players cover the court well and do not struggle with agility. Flipkens' powerful forehand will be an asset while her backhand slice can be tricky to deal with. But Pegula will look to out-hit her opponent on the day, something she has succeeded with in the recent past.
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Pegula's return of serve will be put to the test by Flipkens, but given her recent form from the baseline, she should overcome the challenge.
Prediction: Jessica Pegula to win in three sets.