American Jessica Pegula will face France’s Carolina Garcia in the WTA Cincinnati quarterfinals in prime-time tennis action on Friday. The stakes couldn’t be any higher with a spot in the semis and precious points in the U.S. Open series race on the line.
Who will advance into the final four when this pair collides on Friday. Will Pegula give home fans something to cheer about? Or will Garcia defy the odds and book her place in the coveted semis?
Read on for our quarterfinal preview of the clash between Jessica Pegula and Carolina Garcia at the Western and Southern Open. We’ll check the latest Tennis news, stats, injury reports and Tennis odds for this prestigious WTA 1000 quarterfinal matchup and serve up our choice Tennis picks and predictions for you to consider.
WTA Cincinnati Outrights
- Elena Rybakina +275
- Aryna Sabalenka +350
- Jessica Pegula +375
- Petra Kvitova +500
- Madison Keys +550
- Carolina Garcia +900
- Ajla Tomljanovic +1400
- Shuai Zhang +2500
Pegula Dismisses Raducanu
Seventh seed Pegula reached her fourth WTA 1000 quarterfinal in 2022 after beating reigning U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. This follows after the American reached the semifinals of the National Bank Open in Toronto last week (l. to eventual champion Simona Halep).
Pegula, who currently ranks eighth in the world, received a bye into the second round. In the R32, she was made to work hard for the win. Ukraine’s Maria Kostyuk took the first set before Pegula rallied to take the win in three, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-3.
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Garcia in Top Form
France’s Garcia is having a stellar summer as she continues her surge back to the top of the WTA rankings. Garcia, once ranked as high as world No. 4, currently sits in 35th place in the WTA rankings.
The 28-year-old was forced to qualify for the Western and Southern Open main draw. This means she’s played two qualifiers and five matches in total to reach the final eight.
In the first round, Garcia defeated Petra Martic in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. She then took out fourth seed Maria Sakkari in a three-set marathon, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-1. Most recently, she took out Elise Mertens in the R16, beating the Belgian 6-4, 7-5.
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Pegula vs Garcia
Pegula holds the 2-1 head-to-head edge over Garcia, but the Frenchwoman has the 1-0 head-to-head edge in 2022.
Pegula won the first two meetings, including a straight-set win in the first round of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, 6-3, 6-1.
Garcia got the measure of the American earlier this year in Sydney, taking the 6-4, 7-6 (3) win in the Round of 32.
Pegula vs Garcia Game Information
- Game: Pegula (29–15) vs Garcia (27-15)
- Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
- Day/Time: Friday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. ET (Not Before)
- TV Broadcast: Tennis Channel
- Pegula vs Garcia Live Stream: tennistv.com
Pegula vs Garcia Betting Verdict
Both Pegula and Garcia come into Cincy in top form and that makes this a right toss-up for tennis picks as far as the straight-up win is concerned.
Bookmakers are tipping this match in favor of the American at -165. Underscoring Pegula’s odds is the fact that she’s played fewer matches and has home advantage over Garcia.
That said, Garcia owns the most recent meeting between them. She’s also high on confidence after delivering several upsets already. Thus, one can’t put another upset past her.
For those on the fence here, there are alternative betting online options to consider as well..
BetUS sets the total at 21½ with the over at -120. That might be the better play, especially as this match could go three sets if both play up to their potential.