No.2 seed Jessica Pegula gained her first match since a fourth-round displaying on the US Open, easing previous 79th-ranked Cristina Bucsa 6-1, 6-2 within the second spherical of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Wednesday.
Following her first-round bye, World No.4 Pegula of the US wanted simply 62 minutes to defeat Spain’s Bucsa and turn out to be the primary participant to e book a quarterfinal spot on the WTA 500 occasion in Tokyo.
“I assumed I performed very effectively,” Pegula mentioned on court docket, after her win. “The courts play fairly quick right here, so I used to be simply attempting to deal with my serve and my return, and I assumed I did that actually effectively, and was in a position to play a really clear match as we speak.”
Listed below are extra information and figures round Pegula’s victory:
2-0: Pegula improves her head-to-head in opposition to Bucsa to 2-0, and 4-0 in units. The American wanted solely 63 minutes to defeat Busca 6-1, 6-4 within the second spherical of Wimbledon earlier this yr.
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45: Pegula notches her forty fifth match-win of the season with the victory. She has the third-most match-wins at tour-level this yr, behind solely Iga Swiatek (56) and Aryna Sabalenka (50).
20: With the win, Pegula improves to 20-1 in opposition to gamers ranked exterior the High 50 this yr. Pegula’s solely 2023 loss to a participant ranked exterior the High 50 was to fellow American Taylor Townsend in Rome.
0-5: Bucsa earned the primary High 20 win of her profession earlier this summer season, when she beat Belinda Bencic in Cincinnati. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old has but to gather a High 10 win, now falling to 0-5 in opposition to that cohort.
2: Pegula saved each of the break factors she confronted all day, which got here whereas she was serving with a 4-0 lead within the first set. After getting out of that jam, the American was untroubled on serve, whereas she transformed 4 of her seven break factors.
13: Bucsa did have 13 winners within the match, two greater than Pegula. Nevertheless, the Spaniard was undone by 29 unforced errors, whereas Pegula had lower than half that complete with 13.
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1-0: Pegula will subsequent face both No.6 seed Daria Kasatkina or qualifier Despina Papamichail within the quarterfinals. Pegula defeated Kasatkina of their solely earlier assembly, on the clay courts of Rome in 2021. Pegula has by no means performed Papamichail.
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