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Belinda Bencic vs Jessica Pegula Tips - Bencic tipped to advance
- US Open Women’s Singles 3rd Round match scheduled at Louis Armstrong Stadium on Saturday (17:30 BST)
- Bencic is 2-0 against Pegula in their head-to-head duels
- Bencic has won 11 of her last 12 matches
Belinda Bencic (Al Bello/Getty Images)
Belinda Bencic’s strong run continues, not dropping a set in the first two rounds at Flushing Meadows and should be too strong for American Jessica Pegula in the third round.
Pegula also enters the US Open in good form reaching the semi-final in Montreal in the lead-up, and is yet to drop a set so far against two opponents ranked outside the top 85 in the world. But it’s her recent clash with Bencic at the Tokyo Olympics which has The Wolf in the Swiss’ camp.
No. 11 Bencic, who would go on to win gold in Tokyo, had no trouble getting past Pegula in the opening round winning 6-3 6-3 – their only other career match-up was back in 2015 with Bencic also winning that in straight sets.
Bencic beat Arantxa Rus 6-4 6-4 in the first round of the US Open followed by a 6-3 6-1 victory against Martina Trevisan. The Swiss has a good record at Flushing Meadows reaching the quarterfinal stage in two of the five times she’s played the US Open, including making the semi-final in 2019.
No. 23 Pegula easily beat Anastasia Potapova 6-2 6-2 in the first round before posting a 6-3 6-2 victory against Misaki Doi.
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