Jessica Pegula’s 2023 tennis schedule: Where is she competing next and her season so far…
A look at Jessica Pegula’s 2023 tennis schedule and his results so far this campaign…
On the back of a brilliant 2022 season that saw her rise to a career-high No 3 in the WTA Rankings, Pegula has carried that form over to this campaign.
She was part of the United States team that won the inaugural United Cup – she claimed world No 1 Iga Swiatek’s scalp along the way with a brilliant 6-2, 6-2 victory – before reaching the quarter-final of the Australian Open.
With Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Caroline Garcia and a few others falling early, Pegula became the favourite but she went down in straight sets against Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-final – her fourth Grand Slam quarter-final appearance in five tournaments.
The American followed it up with a run to the final of the Qatar Open, but she suffered a 6-3, 6-0 defeat at the hands of Swiatek while she was beaten in three sets by Barbora Krejcikova in the semi-final of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
What’s to follow…
The 29-year-old will next be in action on home soil at the Sunshine Double before she kicks off the clay-court season.
Confirmed and unconfirmed events
Indian Wells Open – March 6-19
Outside of the US Open, this is one of the big events that players want to win on American soil as it is not known as the unofficial fifth Grand Slam for nothing. The winner walks away with a cheque of more than $1 million and 1,000 WTA Ranking points.
Pegula has made only four main draw appearances in California and her best result came in 2021 when she reached the quarter-final. Last year she lost in the second round against qualifier Marie Bouzkova.
She will be seeded third at this year’s event so will avoid the big guns early on.
Miami Open – March 20-27
Pegula has been a late bloomer and this year she will make only her fourth appearance at the Florida event.
She enjoyed her best-ever run at a WTA 1000 tournament in Miami last year as she reached the semi-final – beating the likes of Sloane Stephens, Elena Rybakina and Paula Badosa before losing to eventual champion Swiatek.
Charleston Open – April 3-9
The clay-court season gets underway at the beginning of April and the Charleston Open is a favourite event with the American players.
This is another tournament where Pegula is yet to enjoy a deep run as she failed to make it past the third round in her previous two attempts.
Madrid Open – April 24-May 1
Although the big stars usually line up at the Stuttgart Open, Pegula is yet to play at the event and last year she headed directly to the Spanish capital Madrid Open.
And it was a good decision as she reached the final of the tournament – her first-ever WTA 1000 final – losing 7–5, 0–6, 6–2 against Ons Jabeur.
Italian Open – May 8-15
Pegula didn’t really back up her Madrid Open run at Foro Italico as she lost in the third round against Aryna Sabalenka. She only made her debut in Rome the previous year and reached the quarter-final.
French Open – May 28-June 11
Pegula will get another shot at a Grand Slam title at Roland Garros and she will fancy her chances after reaching the quarter-final last year before going down to eventual champion Swiatek.
It was only her fourth main draw appearance at the French Open and she made two first-round exits and suffered one third-round defeat in her three previous visits to Paris.
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Wimbledon – July 3-16
Pegula didn’t play any Wimbledon warm-up events last year, but she has the Rosmalen Open, Nottingham Open, German Open, Birmingham Classic, Eastbourne International and Bad Homburg Open as options should she look to spend some time on grass before heading to SW19.
She wasn’t at her best at The Championships as she lost in the third round while in 2021 she reached the second round and in 2019 she lost in the first round.
Canadian Open – August 7-13
Pegula kicked off her North American hard-court campaign at the Citi Open last year, but the Washington event is not on the calendar this year.
The Silicon Valley Classic is the only tournament on US soil before the WTA 1000 double header, but Pegula has not featured in the main draw to date.
However, she has made two appearances at the Canadian Open and reached the semi-final both times. Last year she went down in three sets against eventual champion Simona Halep.
Cincinnati Open – August 14-20
The Western & Southern Open is another event where Pegula has enjoyed some good runs as she reached the quarter-final in 2020 and 2022. She lost against Caroline Garcia last year.
US Open – August 28-September 10
This is the big one for American players and Pegula will be looking to go three better than she did in 2022.
She was seeded eighth last year, but her journey was ended by eventual winner Swiatek while she reached the third round in 2020 and 2021.
September – November
The WTA is yet to confirm the calendar for the final few months of the season and it remains to be seen if tournaments will return to Asia following the Covid-19 pandemic and the Peng Shuai situation in China.
Pegula played at the San Diego Open from October 10-16 last year and she reached the quarter-final before falling to Swiatek.
She then competed at the Guadalajara Open – which was bumped up to a WTA 1000 event – and she enjoyed a magical run as she won her second WTA title, defeating Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, former US Open champions Bianca Andreescu and Sloane Stephens, as well as Maria Sakkari en route to lifting the title.
WTA Finals – October 30-November 5
Pegula made her WTA Finals debut last year, but failed to get out of the group stage as she lost against Sabalenka, Jabeur and Sakkari.
She looks set to return to the season-ending tournament this year, but it is still early days to make any predictions.
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