Top seed Pegula survives spirited Anisimova challenge, Keys upset by Cristian

Top seed Pegula survives spirited Anisimova challenge, Keys upset by Cristian

Credit One Stadium, Credit One Charleston Open 2024 Credit One Charleston Open Day 4 at Credit One Stadium on April 02, 2024 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jessica Pegula is into the third round of the Credit One Charleston Open – just barely.

The top seed and world No.5 survived a three-set thriller against fellow American Amanda Anisimova on Tuesday (April 2) night, coming back to win 3-6 6-4 7-6(3) in two hours and 26 minutes.

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Pegula’s fellow seeded American Madison Keys wasn’t as lucky, falling in three sets to Romania’s Jaqueline Cristian, who claimed just her second career win over a Top 20 foe with a 3-6 6-3 6-3 upset.

In the evening’s opening match, Pegula was also in trouble, but had a match point denied in the tenth game of the decider, but ran away in the breaker, sprinting out to a 5-1 lead and closing out the match on a forehand wide from her compatriot.

“I had to buckle down,” Pegula told reporters after the three-set win. “[Amanda] is just a really great ball striker, and she can really take the racquet out of your hands. So when she’s hot, it’s really tough. [I wondered] how she was going to start, and she started off really well. I was like, ‘Crap, this is going to be tough.'”

The 30-year-old was a semifinalist here a year ago, but was made to work hard throughout the second-round clash in front of a boisterous Credit One Stadium crowd, winning just four of 15 break point opportunities.

She’ll meet Magda Linette in the third round after the Polish 32-year-old rallied from a first-set bagel to beat Dayana Yastremska across three sets.

Pegula won their only meeting last year in Miami.

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