Samantha Stosur vs Jessica Pegula WTA Washington, D.C. live stream: Top seed Stosur faces wildcard in Washington

Hannah Wilks in WTA 22 Jul 2016
  • Samantha Stosur faces Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals of Washington, D.C.'s Citi Open on Friday
  • Stosur vs Pegula Citi Open tennis is live from Washington, D.C. on Friday at 4pm local/9pm BST
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Washington at 365
Samantha Stosur (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Top seed Samantha Stosur continues her quest for her first title of the season in Washington, D.C., facing American wildcard Jessica Pegula for a place in the Citi Open semifinals.

Stosur vs Pegula Citi Open tennis is live from Washington, D.C. on Friday at 4pm local/9pm BST. Watch and bet on tennis live from Washington at 365



With defending champion Sloane Stephens out of the Citi Open, the WTA Washington, D.C. title is starting to look like it might be very much within top seed Samantha Stosur’s grasp as she takes on wildcard Jessica Pegula in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Currently ranked world no. 14 after her run to the French Open semifinals, Stosur is looking for her first title of 2016 after what has been a typically up and down, but on the whole positive, season. The big-serving Australian, not unusually, has had her best results on clay in 2016, finishing runner-up at the International event in Prague and making the semifinals of the Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrid Open as well as the aforementioned French Open final-four finish, and has only won back-to-back matches on hard courts twice so far – in Sydney in January, where she made the quarterfinals before losing to Monica Puig, and Indian Wells where she made the fourth round before losing to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka.

It’s not that Stosur can’t play on American hard courts – indeed, her 2011 US Open title begs to differ – but she has only won the one title in the USA and would no doubt dearly love to win another. A semifinalist at the Citi Open on her debut in 2015 when she lost to eventual champion Sloane Stephens, Stosur wasn’t handed the easiest draw in Washington with a second-round battle against former US Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki her reward for a 6-3, 6-0 victory over qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round. But at 5-5 in the opening set, Wozniacki started to feel a sharp pain in her left arm and although the Dane took the first set 7-5, she ultimately retired after seven games in the second set as Stosur hung doggedly in.
‘Overall I feel pretty good about my game,’ Stosur said afterwards. ‘Obviously, there's some things you can be better at, but I think from playing a first night match against a quality player, it's not bad at all. 
‘I'm a little bit fortunate to be through like this, you know, but I'll take it and try to run with it as far as I can.’

Jessica Pegula (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
With Monica Puig, who beat her in Sydney, the only other seed left in Stosur’s half of the International-level Citi Open, the Australian has to like her chances – but she must also be feeling the pressure, something which hasn’t always been an ally to Stosur. 

Awaiting Stosur in the quarterfinals is wildcard Jessica Pegula, not a familiar name to many. American, 22 years old and ranked world no. 173, Pegula’s young career has already been blighted by injury as she missed more or less 18 months between 2013 and 2015 due to a right knee injury. Pegula was world no. 775 when she came back in 2015, but by the end of the year she had climbed to world no. 151, successfully qualifying for WTA Tour events in Charleston, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Quebec City and for the US Open, where she reached the second round with a win over then-world no. 55 Alison van Uytvanck.

So far in 2016, Pegula has reached the semifinals at three ITF events – Maui, Orlando and Dothan – but she hadn’t played a single WTA Tour event in the first seven months of the season, falling in qualifying at all six tournaments attempted. Granted a wildcard into the Citi Open draw, however, Pegula has made good use of it, beating injury-prone Aleksandra Wozniak 6-2, 6-2 before ousting fellow American Christina McHale 7-5, 6-2 to reach her first WTA Tour quarterfinal and set up the clash with Stosur.

Unsurprisingly, Stosur and Pegula have never played before – this will be Pegula’s third meeting with a top-20 ranked player, and the first since 2013 – and Stosur will be the clear favourite to come through this clash and make the semifinals in Washington, D.C.

Stosur vs Pegula is scheduled on Friday at 4pm local/9pm BST


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