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Pegula continues domination of Collins in Miami

Jessica Pegula beat Danielle Collins 6-1, 7-6 on Saturday evening and will play Pole Magda Linette, the No 20 seed, in the next round

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No 3 seed Jessica Pegula continues to hold the upper hand against her compatriot and rival Danielle Collins.

The third-seeded American improved to 4-0 lifetime against the world No 30, knocking off Collins 6-1, 7-6 to reach the last 16 of the Miami Open at the Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday.

Jessica Pegula vs. Danielle Collins | 2023 Miami Round 3 | WTA Match Highlights

Pegula, a semi-finalist last year at Miami, improves to 17-5 on the season and 8-3 lifetime at the Miami Open with a performance that saw her save both break points she faced as she dropped just 17 points on serve overall (won 28 of 36 first-serve points and 18 of 27 second-serve points).

It was the pair’s first meeting since 2021 and it drops Collins to 9-9 on the season – she has now won just one of nine total sets played against Pegula in the pair’s head-to-head.

Pegula, ranked No 3, will play Pole Magda Linette, the No 20 seed, next.

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Ahead of her victory, Jessica Pegula beat Canadian qualifier Katherine Sebov (6-3, 6-1).

Collins, ranked No 30, won against Bulgarian lucky loser Viktoriya Tomova (7-6 (3), 6-2) in the previous round of the Miami tournament.

Miami WTA 1000, other third-round results (Hard Rock Stadium, hard, USD 8.800.000, most recent results first):

  • Elena Rybakina vs. Paula Badosa
  • Marie Bouzkova vs. Aryna Sabalenka
  • Barbora Krejcikova vs. Madison Keys
  • Karolina Pliskova vs. Marketa Vondrousova
  • Sorana Cirstea vs. Karolina Muchova
  • Magdalena Frech vs. Varvara Gracheva
  • Petra Kvitova vs. Donna Vekic
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova vs. Belinda Bencic
  • Bianca Andreescu vs. Sofia Kenin
  • Petra Martic vs. Elise Mertens
  • Claire Liu vs. Martina Trevisan: saturday
  • Magda Linette beat Victoria Azarenka (14): 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-4
  • Anastasia Potapova (27) beat Coco Gauff (6): 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-2
  • Qinwen Zheng (23) beat Liudmila Samsonova (12): 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3
  • Jelena Ostapenko (24) beat Beatriz Haddad Maia (13): 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

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