TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Ashleigh Barty takes on Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinal on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022.
Who is stopping Ashleigh Barty at the 2022 Australian Open? Will Jessica Pegula conjure up the biggest upset of the tournament when the pair square off in an fascinating last eight meeting? Let us breakdown this matchup which has the potential to see an upset.
Ashleigh Barty was quizzed in her post-match interview on whether her victory over Amanda Anisimova in the Round of 16 presented a good omen. Barty, as you can recall, had beaten Anisimova en route to winning the French Open in 2019. And that was after the American had given her a helping hand earlier by taking down the then defending champion Simona Halep. This could be a familiar tale should the World No. 1 win her maiden Australian Open title on Sunday. The resurgent young American ended Naomi Osaka’s title defense in dramatic fashion in the third round, widening the door for Barty to secure her first Slam win on home soil. But can she avoid an upset when she takes on an in-form Jessica Pegula?
Jessica Pegula is into the last eight of the Australian Open without grabbing a lot of attention. The 27-year-old has emulated her heroics from last year, when she reached the same stage of the competition before she lost to the eventual runner-up Jennifer Brady. Pegula authored a shock straight-sets win over Maria Sakkari in the Round of 16 and boosted her chances of becoming the top-ranked American woman in the WTA rankings.
Ashleigh Barty leads Jessica Pegula 1-0 in their series. That meeting happened in the first round of the 2019 French Open shortly before they both rose to prominence in the upper echelons of the sport. Barty is statistically the best server in the women’s game right now. And Pegula will have an almighty task in doing something only two women have accomplished since the turn of the year – and that is to break the Barty serve. With the Australian crowd on their feet and cheering their favorite, there is the likelihood of Pegula’s game falling apart.
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