2022 French Open Day 9: Jessica Pegula comes from behind to a brilliant comeback v Irina Camelia-Begu in the fourth round ahead of her Quarter-Final match-up tomorrow against Iga Swiatek

We also saw another brilliant match-up over at Court Suzanne Lenglen in the 4th Round yesterday of this year’s French Open, but in the women’s singles draw between American Jessica Pegula & Irina-Camelia Begu from Romania. Begu did a great job shutting down Pegula following a very competitive battle that saw her lead the opening set. But it’s all about racing towards the finish line where Pegula proved too good to eliminate Begu, having tied 1-1 ahead of the 3rd set decider before she earned her spot in the Final 8; 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Begu would be disappointed not to advance into the Final 8 as her best grand slam finish is just outside any finals appearance so far for the third time since 2016 here. She fired off really well even though Pegula doesn’t give Begu an easier pass that secured the opening set lead from the Romainian but then the momentum dropped and couldn’t find a way to stay in this fight ever since. She’s 31 right now but there’s still some time left to improve if Begu wants to go one better and secure her first ever grand slam finals appearance at Wimbledon next month.

And what a rebound it has been from Jessica Pegula. Yes, she may have fallen so short during the opening set spell by a close two game difference, but Pegula just never gave up battling 100%. She credits the renewed momentum that helped her close in on Begu ahead of the 3rd set decider before Pegula pulled off comfortably with another Quarter-Finals appearance on top of the Australian Open so far this year. It’s also her first finals taste here at the French Open, but she will need to overcome World No.1 Iga Swiatek for the semi-final spot against either Veronika Kudermetova or Daria Kasatkina on Day 11 tomorrow.

Tennis Australia News, 2021 Gippsland Trophy Women’s Singles Quarter Final Report: Irina-Camelia Begu v Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka came off from a 3rd round win v Katie Boulder from England. Where she will meet Irina-Camelia Begu from Romain. As the 4th quarter final game of the 2021 Gippsland trophy heats up. In the women’s singles to avoid all confusion.

Irina-Camelia fired off with the early headstart 2-1. Where the built up base is there by the initial halfway mark. Nice and simple. But unable to find the finishing to bridge that gap. As Osaka came back from behind to tie 3-3. Before Irina-Camilla just slipped away after the first set. Despite some close chances made when she tied with Osaka 5-5. But Osaka ultimately took the 1st stage win 7-5.

In the 2nd set however Irina-Camilla lost the momentum. And the consistency needed to stay ahead. At least to give herself a reprieve. Where Osaka jumped ahead big time with the easiest conversions 5-1. The Romanian may have earned a set late. But it was not enough to justify a possible semis berth. The final score is 7-5, 6-1 with Osaka as the winner.

Osaka will advance in the semi final taking the 2nd game berth. And her opponent is Elise Mertens from Belgium. Or Elina Svitolina from Ukraine. Pending on that result in this other quarter game. If Osaka wins then she will go into the main final. Either World No.9 Ekaterina Alexandrova from Russia. Or Kaia Kanepi (Estonia).

Just unlucky for Irina-Camellia Begu in this matchup. She has gone through round by round. Despite not have won any first stage wins at all. But able to make up executions in the 2nd half. Before used the reprieve to win matches. It is something that identified as her weakness. When going up against a decent player like Osaka. And she would have any different if she did take 1st stage wins beforehand.