Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic after her fourth round match against Jessica Pegula

Jan 22, 2023; Melbourne, VICTORIA, Australia; Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic after her fourth spherical match in opposition to Jessica Pegula from the USA on day seven of the 2023 Australian Open tennis event at Melbourne Park. Necessary Credit score: Mike Frey-USA TODAY Sports activities

  • No. 3  seed Jessica Pegula is the favourite over unseeded Barbora Krejcikova of their Dubai semifinal Friday
  • Their solely earlier assembly was on the 2023 Australian Open, received by Pegula in straight units
  • Is there upset potential right here within the Pegula vs Krejcikova odds? We break down the matchup and make a prediction

Jessica Pegula might need anticipated to play Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka within the Dubai Tennis Championships semifinal. As an alternative, she will get unseeded Barbora Krejcikova (Friday, not earlier than 10 am ET). We now have your Pegula vs Krejcikova prediction right here.

Pegula vs Krejcikova Odds

Participant Unfold Moneyline Complete
[3] Jessica Pegula (USA) -2.5 (-130) -195 O 21.5 (-120)
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) +2.5 (+105) +155 U 21.5 (-110)

Krejcikova, who didn’t profit from a first-round bye, has labored laborious to get this far. Notably within the second spherical, she upset No. 7 Daria Kasatkina 7-5 within the third set. After which she eased previous No. 12 seed Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 6-2. She’s is the +155 underdog in opposition to Pegula within the Pegula vs Krejcikova odds. Odds as of February 23 at DraftKings.

However her finest effort got here in Thursday’s quarterfinal in opposition to Sabalenka.

Sabalenka received the primary set 6-0. And he or she was up 3-1 within the second set. After which, it unraveled for the Belarussian simply as Krejcikova first hung in – after which went on a run of type that we most likely haven’t seen from her since final October at an indoor event in Ostrava.

She received it going away – 0-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 – to advance to her second assembly in a month in opposition to Pegula.

Pegula vs Krejcikova Head-to-Head Stats

28 (Feb. 23, 1994) Age 27 (Dec. 17, 1995)
Buffalo, NY Birthplace Brno, Czech Republic
5-7 Peak 5-10
2 Profession WTA Singles Titles 5
No. 3 (Oct. 23, 2022) Profession-Excessive Rating No. 2 (Feb. 27, 2022)
No. 1 Present Rating No. 30
$7,780,467 Profession Prize Cash $9,265,260
14-3 2022 Gained/Loss Document 9-4
1 Head-to-Head Wins 0

Pegula Will get a Day Off

As for Pegula, who had an extended, lengthy week in Doha final week when she reached the singles closing, and received the doubles with countrywoman Coco Gauff, Thursday was a pleasant time without work.

Eradicated Wednesday within the doubles, she didn’t need to take the courtroom in any respect in singles. Gifted Czech Karolina Muchova withdrew earlier than the match with an belly damage.

In truth, two of the quarterfinal matches weren’t even performed, with Karolina Pliskova pulling out with a viral sickness earlier than she was to fulfill Iga Swiatek.

Pegula vs Krejcikova Match Historical past

Yr Match Floor Rating Winner
2023 Australian Open (R16) Out of doors Exhausting 7-5, 6-2 Pegula

The match between the 2 final month, within the fourth spherical of the Australian Open, was solely shut for a part of the primary set.

If Krejcikova is the Grand Slam champion between the 2 and the extra swish participant – higher approach on each shot, and extra of an all-court participant if she must be even when Pegula has made nice strides in direction of that finish – Pegula has performed all of the successful over the past 9 months.

Barbora Krejcikova might need rushed again too quickly from damage on the 2022 French Open, as she had a title to defend. She hasn’t been again to that stage since – till this week in Dubai. (Picture: Stephanie Myles/

Krejcikova didn’t play after the Center East tournaments a yr in the past. Compelled out by a leg damage, she missed the large tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami, Madrid and Rome.

She solely returned on the French Open to try to defend her title. However she was nowhere near prepared and misplaced within the first spherical.

The Czech had a pleasant run to complete the season, successful indoor occasions in Estonia (the place she beat home-country favourite Anett Kontaveit within the closing) and within the Czech Republic (the place, because the home-country favourite however with loads of Polish followers making the journey), she defeated Swiatek within the closing.

With out these runs, she could be barely hanging on within the high 100. As it’s, her present rating of No. 30 is the bottom she has been since earlier than that French Open title in 2021.

However she’s a top quality participant who has the extent. And he or she has confirmed that every one week in Dubai.

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Pegula vs Krejcikova Prediction

You’d count on this match to be lots nearer than their conflict in Melbourne a month in the past, partly as a result of Krejcikova has discovered type. Additionally, Pegula has performed a variety of tennis.

And, on paper, these are two constant ball strikers who each assault the duty with expertise, calm and maturity.

It ought to properly go the gap for our Pegula vs Krejcikova picks.

Pegula vs Krejcikova Picks: Over 2.5 Units (+125)

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