TennisSection previews the 2021 French Open as Sofia Kenin (4) meets Jessica Pegula (28) in the Round of 32 on Saturday, June 5th 2021.
Will Jessica Pegula come out here and cause a very big upset to get herself into the Round of 16 here at Roland Garros? Will Sofia Kenin continue improving her game as she aims to go one step further this year at the 2021 French Open and claim her 2nd Grand Slam? This will be an interesting battle between two American stars, but only one will make their way to the Round of 16. Who will it be?
Jessica Pegula beat Tamara Martincova in the Round of 64 with ease in straight sets 6-3/6-3. Jessica Pegula is a fighter, but she is not a consistent one, which is why she has not been able to breakthrough into the Top 20 yet. Pegula will want to get herself higher up in the rankings and be a much more well known player like many of the Americans, but she needs to show up in the big matches. With the performances she has been putting on this week at the 2021 French Open, will Jessica Pegula have the momentum and confidence required to get the upset over her fellow American, Sofia Kenin, under her belt and make her way through to the Round of 16?
Sofia Kenin built on her momentum gained from her opening round match to beat Hailey Baptiste in the Round of 64 in straight sets 7-5/6-3. Sofia Kenin was trying to find her range and get a feel for her much lower ranked opponent in the first set, which is why it went to 7-5. However, once she felt comfortable, Kenin cruised away with the second set. Sofia Kenin is a player who was underestimated a lot in the last couple years, but she has time and time again proved doubters wrong, and I am sure she will want to prevent the upset by Jessica Pegula in this Round of 32 match to ensure she can prove doubters wrong again here at Roland Garros.
Sofia Kenin and Jessica Pegula have met 3 times before, with Jessica Pegula leading the head to head 2-1. They last met early this year where Kenin won in 3 sets 5-7/7-5/6-2. Pegula has not beaten Kenin since 2018, and with Kenin’s experience on clay and success in this tournament, I see her winning this match. However, all of their matches have always gone to 3 sets. Therefore, we can definitely expect a tight encounter between the two Americans here at the 2021 French Open. The 2020 Roland Garros Finalist, Sofia Kenin, will come out on top in a 3 set thriller to make her way to the Round of 16.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Sofia Kenin in 3 Sets.