2021 Australian Open Quarter-Final – Jennifer Brady vs Jessica Pegula Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Jennifer Brady vs Jessica Pegula taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Jennifer Brady vs Jessica Pegula on and what time does it start? Wednesday 17th February, 2021 – not before 02:00 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for Jennifer Brady vs Jessica Pegula? Click here to reach the official 2021 Australian Open ticket selection

What channel is Jennifer Brady vs Jessica Pegula on? The 2021 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Jennifer Brady vs Jessica Pegula in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

THE LOWDOWN

JENNIFER BRADY

  • 22nd-seed Jennifer Brady has stormed through the Australian Open draw so far with four consecutive straight-sets wins, including against the 28th seed Donna Vekic in the round of 16.
  • Brady made her second quarter-finals at a Grand Slam after a breakthrough performance at the US Open last season saw her just miss out in the semi-finals to the eventual champion Naomi Osaka.
  • The 25-year-old is ranked world number 24 in the WTA standings after her best year on tour last season included a first WTA title at the Lexington Open in August.

JESSICA PEGULA

  • 26-year-old Jessica Pegula dropped her first set of the Australian Open to the fifth seed Elina Svitolina but came back well to win their round of 16 match in three.
  • World number 61 Pegula is in uncharted waters here having previously never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam and this is only her second ever Australian Open.
  • Pegula was the straight-sets winner in her only previous meeting with fellow American Jennifer Brady at the Western and Southern Open held in New York last season.

THE PREDICTION

Whilst Jennifer Brady has been this deep in a Grand Slam before there should be equal-parts nerves on both sides of the court for what is an incredible opportunity for either of them. Jessica Pegula has earned her spot here with four fiercely played matches, including defeating the US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in a shock first round match here that set a precedent for the elder American. There is little between the two at this stage of the tournament with both playing so well and so it could come down to experience. 25-year-old Brady came so close to reaching the finals of the US Open last season and won her first title at Lexington last summer and she could handle the occasion better in front of an empty arena. Both players to take a set is the least both players deserve for making it this far but Jennifer Brady should be able to edge the crucial points here to win.

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