On Monday, tennis fans will see an All-American clash between Madison Keys and Jessica Pegula in the fourth round of the US Open. Both players had to scratch and claw to get to this point, with Liudmila Samsonova taking Keys to a deciding third set and Elina Svitolina doing the same to Pegula. Now, we’re guaranteed another American in the quarterfinals of this tournament, and I think it’ll be Keys that will end up getting there.
These two met in San Diego last season, when Pegula earned a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Keys. But Keys has been a lot better in 2023, going 31-11 so far. This is the best year that Keys has had on tour since 2016. Keys has a higher hold percentage this season, and she has also gone up from a 32.8% break percentage to 40.0%.