Barty 2-1 Pegula* Pegula plays up a good first point for 15-0 but then nets a forehand – Barty is going big on him here, forcing him to run his shots. If she doesn’t rest soon, she’ll be back in the locker room, but at 30-15 she gets lucky when she comes again and Barty surprisingly misses the pass, eventually catching 30. takes. She’s really struggling with Barty’s variety of spin and angle.
*Barty 2-0 Pegula Barty starts with an ace and chases it down with a serve winner, then a fine forehand return to the baseline gives Pegula a sniff. A very slight sniff, a quick point followed by a bullish ace below the T consolidating the break, and it’s going exactly as expected.
Barty 1-0 Pegula* Great start from Pegula, who read Barty’s forehand to beat the cross-court winner 30-0. Then at 40-0 she chooses to come in – not sure about that one, Jess old mate – and then the net, when Barty comes on she hooks a pass wide. Out of nowhere, she puts herself under pressure and when she is invited again, she does a simple forehand putaway. Barty is in it now and it soon has the advantage – Pegula starts the serve first – then Barty surprisingly dumps a backhand. Already, it feels like an important play, and a big forehand into the backhand corner allows Barty to clean over the net, then Pegula nets the backhand and that’s the break. She must be thinking, already – and rightly so.
Pegula won the toss and was not sure what to do, But finally chose to serve and here we go….
While that Nadal match was underway, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokinakis were creating a spectacular storm on the court, Beating Putt and Venus, seed No. 6, in men’s doubles. They had already sorted out Mektic and Pavic, the No. 1 seeds, and meet Zebellos and Granolers, the three seeds, in the semi-finals.
I was delighted to see Madison Keys beat Barbora Krejcikova earlier today. Not because I have anything against the latter, but the renaissance of the former is so strong. He has so much talent, and I’m hoping he finally finds the composure so that he can fully realize it. The last time she went deep in a major at the 2017 US Open, she meekly lost 3 and 0 to her teammate Sloane Stephens in the final. She meets the winner of Barty vs. Pegula in the Final Four, and if she can win—admittedly a monstrous conditional—I’d love to see her go with Collins, Cornet, Swietake or Kanepi in whichever final. .
In Europsort, er…cube, they’re saying they don’t see a killer shot at Pegula, which is solid but not too much. I can’t disagree with this, and would have to leave 2/10 for Barty to lose it.
Shortly before, Denis Shapovalov fought against Rafael Nadal, grunting and coming back from two sets, only to lose his first service-game in the decider. I don’t know if it took a toll on him, or that he lost concentration, but it didn’t feel like a coincidence, and Nadal took the fifth 6-3. It will sting for quite some time, I shouldn’t be surprised, and although I don’t think Nadal will win this thing, it would be normal if he took advantage of Novak Djokovic’s absence and beat almost no one to make it to the finals. ,
G’day, g’avo and g’evening; Whatever the time, wherever you are, it’s Barty’s time. In a moment or two, one of the sport’s favorite characters and one of tennis’s most prolific players takes on Jessica Pegula for a place in the semifinals of her home Grand Slam.
Barty is in great form and completely outplayed the brilliant Amanda Anisimova in her last match as well, but a player finds herself in the pegula. It’s already his best major effort – his best of all four have come last year – and Sunday’s straight-sets win over Maria Sakkari was the show of his career. So, you never know.
Er, well, you probably do, but it’s always fun to watch Barty, and once the match is over we have Mario Berrettini vs Gael Monfils that will be an absolute treat. here is my!