's-Hertogenbosch: No. 1 seed Jessica Pegula suffers shock loss to world No. 400

Pegula's 's-Hertogenbosch run ended in the round-of-16.

by Dzevad Mesic
's-Hertogenbosch: No. 1 seed Jessica Pegula suffers shock loss to world No. 400
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World No. 5 Jessica Pegula suffered a shock exit in her opening grass court of the season in 's-Hertogenbosch after the American tennis star was edged out by 400th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic. 

Krunic, who entered 's-Hertogenbosch with a protected ranking, sent top-seeded Pegula packing out of 's-Hertogenbosch after earning a 7-6 (3) 6-7 (3) 6-4 win in two hours and 44 minutes of play. 

For Krunic - a former world No. 39 - this was by far her biggest since she returned to tennis from a ruptured ACL last Wimbledon. Also, this was the first time that Krunic, 31, and 30-year-old Pegula played against each other. 

Now, Krunic is set to play against 138th-ranked Dalma Galfi for a place in the 's-Hertogenbosch semifinal.

Aleksandra Krunic
Aleksandra Krunic © Getty Images Sport - Stephen Pond

Meanwhile, it should be noted that this week, Pegula was playing her first tournament in two months and returning from a rib injury.

How Krunic upset Pegula?

Pegula earned the first break of the match in the sixth game but Krunic quickly recovered after breaking back the top seed instantly in the following game. As no more breaks were seen in the rest of the first set - the opener went into a tie-break - where Pegula was 3-2 up before Krunic won the next five points to go up by a set.

Down by a set, Pegula broke Krunic in the third game of the second set. But just like was the case in the first set, Krunic managed to get the break back and force a tie-break. However, the difference this time was that Pegula managed to win a tie-break - the two players were tied to three points apiece in the second-set tie-break before the American went on to win the next four points.

Early in the third set, Krunic broke Pegula in the third game but also saved two break points in the second game and another break point in the fourth game. After claiming an early third-set break and saving three break points, Krunic routinely held on to her serve for the remainder of the match to complete a three-set upset win over Pegula.

Jessica Pegula