‘Mentally I’ve been really good since the pandemic,’ says Jessica Pegula as she beats Karolina Pliskova

Jessica Pegula has continued her excellent return to the court after the pandemic with yet another top 20 win, beating second seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarter finals of the Qatar Open on Thursday.

The recent Australian Open quarter-finalist has won an impressive six matches in six days, after coming through three qualification matches to get into the main draw.

“I’m just playing each match with a good mindset, and the confidence is just coming along with it”, said Pegula after her dominant 6-3, 6-1 victory.

“I think just mentally I’ve been really good since the pandemic. I knew things were going to be different and I just decided to put my head down and go out there and play with nothing to lose”.

Pegula has an impressive 20-7 record since the tour resumed last year, with wins over Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka and Elina Svitolina included in that tally. 

She will play Petra Kvitova tomorrow for a spot in her fourth WTA final, and her first at a WTA 500 level. Pegula last played the Czech ace when making her debut on the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open last year, where she unfortunately lost in straight sets. 

However, the American is optimistic about their rematch: “She’s an amazing champion. It’s definitely going to be really tough and I love how she plays”.

“When I played her at the US Open I definitely wanted to take her mindset on how she plays and do the same thing. I learned a lot from that match so I’m excited to get out there tomorrow.”

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