NEW YORK – Jessica Pegula beat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2 to reach her third major quarter-final of 2022 and reach that round for the first time at the US Open.
Tied at 1-1 in the first set, the match was held for 45 minutes as rain poured down at Flushing Meadows. There is a retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but it was not closed after a rainstorm soaked the court.
In a statement released by the US Tennis Association, the “weather team” told US Open organizers that no rain was expected. The statement added: “Unfortunately, a pop-up solar flare has occurred.
The No. 8-seeded Pegula is the top-ranked American woman and the only player in the top 10 in both singles and doubles.
After winning her last three games in Monday’s opening match, No. 21 Kvitova ended up double-faulting, then went on to win the last 6 games of the fourth round in the second set, 2-0.
Pegula is a 28-year-old born in New York. Her parents own the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.
She is 0-3 in Grand Slam quarterfinals so far, including losses at that stage at the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June. The loss in Paris came against No. 1-ranked Iga Swiatek, who could be Pegula’s next opponent at Flushing Meadows.