"It will be a tough match" - Pegula looking ahead to Garcia after beating Raducanu
It was a tricky match for Jessica Pegula who narrowly missed out on the Toronto final losing to champion Simona Halep. The American bounced back well in Cincinnati booking another quarterfinal. It comes after a win over Emma Raducanu where Pegula got to experience everything the Brit had to offer. Even before the match, Pegula was very impressed by Raducanu:
"I mean, definitely having to beat Serena and Vika is not easy, even no matter how they played or Serena hasn't been doing as well, whatever. I think handling the moment like that is really difficult. For her, she's already had success, but for her to handle that, I think it's really hard no matter what. I don't care what you say or how you are playing or whatever. To beat both of those girls back-to-back is tough."
Coming up next for Pegula is Caroline Garcia, a player who has been playing amazing tennis with the spotlight away from her. Garcia has been on a tear since Bad Homburg having a 23-4 record since then with two trophies. Pegula knows what to expect:
"I think she's someone that no one really wants to play, because she hits the ball really hard, serves really well, super powerful. Has big groundstrokes and kind of takes the racquet out of your hands sometimes. Hard to play when you can't get a rhythm. She's really done well the last couple of months, which is nice to see, because obviously, she was at the top of the game for a while too."
"Yeah, tougher match than I think people will talk about or give credit to, but she's been playing really well. It will be a tough match."