French Open 2023: Jessica Pegula, No. 3 seed, falls to Elise Mertens in third round

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Jessica Pegula, the greatest ranked American lady, made an earlier than anticipated exit from the 2023 French Open. Pegula, the No. 3 seed, was up to No. 28 Elise Mertens 6-1, 6-3 in the 3rd round of the Grand Slam competition on Friday

Pegula had actually reached the quarterfinals at 4 of the previous 5 significant competitions, consisting of at the 2022 French Open.

“I feel like I was still playing good points,” Pegula stated following the match, according to the Associated Press. “Elise was just being really tough, not making a lot of errors and making me play every single ball. And with the windy conditions, I felt like it definitely played into her game.”

Throughout the third-round match, Pegula made 28 unforced mistakes compared to simply 13 made by Mertens. Pegula fell back 5-0 in the opening set and ended up losing that set 6-1.

In the 2nd set, Pegula had the ability to take a 3-2 lead, however Mertens won 4 successive video games to win the set. With her removal from the ladies’s songs bracket of the French Open, she’ll now attempt to win a doubles title with partner Coco Gauff.

Mertens, 27, was a semifinalist in the 2018 Australian Open and has actually likewise reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals on 2 celebrations. The Belgian will now take on versus 2021 French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the 4th round on Sunday.

Pegula signs up with No. 5 Caroline Garcia, No. 8 Maria Sakkari, and No. 10 Petra Kvitova as the 4th leading 10 gamer to be removed at Roland Garros. Only 12 seeds made it past the 2nd round, which is the most affordable number considering that the field broadened to consist of 32 seeded gamers back in 2002.

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