NEW YORK — Jessica Pegula would possibly simply be the busiest girl on the US Open.
Want proof? Simply look no additional than her previous few days.
On Friday night time, she and her blended doubles associate Austin Krajicek gained their opening spherical match on Court docket 11 over Laura Siegemund and Sander Gille. On Saturday afternoon, she defeated Elina Svitolina 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, at Arthur Ashe Stadium to advance to the fourth spherical in singles — and simply hours later was again on the doubles court docket with Coco Gauff on Grandstand. The duo beat Cristina Bucsa and Alexandra Panova to maneuver on to the third spherical.
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It does not cease there. On Sunday, she’s scheduled to play her second-round blended doubles match, then she’ll be again in motion on Monday in singles and doubles.
Pegula, 29, was requested in her information convention Saturday — held after each of her matches had completed — about why she loved taking part in blended doubles, on prime of her already demanding schedule.
“I really feel like blended to me is only a enjoyable method to go on the market and be capable of compete,” Pegula mentioned. “I feel so long as you are feeling OK bodily, and the schedule is not horrible on the time, I do not know, I take pleasure in it. … For me it is enjoyable to go on the market, particularly taking part in with an American on the US Open.”
Pegula, who performed in all three attracts this yr on the Australian Open and the French Open as effectively, mentioned generally the scheduling and inclement climate could make it almost unimaginable to play all three. She needed to withdraw from blended doubles at Wimbledon earlier this summer time, however in any other case is simply glad to be taking part in as a lot tennis as she will be able to.
By Saturday night time, Pegula, the No. 3 seed within the singles draw, had spent a complete of seven hours and 47 minutes on court docket. Iga Swiatek, the No. 1 seed and defending champion, had spent 3 hours and 21 minutes on court docket, taking part in simply singles.