US Open: Jessica Pegula finds her groove against Patricia Maria Tig to enter R32

Elina Svitolina's form continued uninterrupted in her sustained comeback

by Abbey Johnson
US Open: Jessica Pegula finds her groove against Patricia Maria Tig to enter R32
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Jessica Pegula was the last player to reach the third round on Thursday at the US Open. The third seed needed 71 minutes to clinch a 6-3, 6-1 win over Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig. The start was shaky from Pegula who, in the first set, twice conceded a break back to her opponent after having secured a lead for herself.

Finally, the American secured the opening set for herself on Tig’s serve in the ninth game, on her second set point. The second set unfolded quite differently. Pegula brushed off the first set’s inconsistencies and powered herself to a 4-0 lead before her opponent managed to prop herself on the scoreboard.

That was as brief as an interlude as it was in the match as Pegula won the next two games to make herself more comfortable in the draw. Pegula’s first serve was quite the weapon for her against Tig. However, her second serve was shaky, especially in the first set.

In that set, the 29-year-old won only three of the 13 points played on her second serve. Crossing over to the second set, the world no. 3 lost only four of 11 points played on her second serve. She finished the match by winning higher margin of returns both of Tig’s first and second serves, totalling to 54% and 69% points respectively.

Looking to reach the fourth round, Pegula will now take on Elina Svitolina. The 26th seed came from a set down against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to claim a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 after two hours and 47 minutes.

US Open: Aryna Sabalenka's consistency thrives

Aryna Sabalenka also had a straightforward path into the third round against Jodie Burrage.

The second seed completed a 6-3, 6-2 win over the British player in 74 minutes. Sabalenka lost only two of her first-serve points and came up with 28 winners and 22 unforced errors. The world no. 2 converted three of four break points and also failed to save both break points she faced.

France’s Clara Burel will be Sabalenka’s next opponent. Burel ousted 25th seed and 2016 US Open finalist, Karolina Pliskova, 6-4, 6-2. Lastly, speaking of US Open finalists, 2022 runner-up, fifth seed Ons Jabeur was pushed in her second consecutive match before she was able to find a way for herself.

Jabeur who played Linda Noskova once again battled health woes and fought for two hours and nine minutes before claiming a 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-4 win.

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