Iga Swiatek ran off the first eight games against Coco Gauff en route to a comprehensive 6-0, 6-3 win over the teen in the San Diego quarterfinals.
Swiatek is now 4-0 against Gauff with all four wins coming in easy straight sets.
Pegula advanced with a good 6-4, 7-5 victory over Madison Keys. Like Gauff, Pegula has also struggled against Swiatek losing all three meetings this year in straights including the US Open quarterfinals.
“I kind of know what to expect,” Pegula said of facing Swiatek. “She plays super athletic, aggressive, defends really well. She does everything at a really high level. She plays a little bit different than the girls and sometimes that can be the difference. You’re not used to playing someone like her.
“I’d like to say maybe it’s better playing her at the end of the year, but I don’t know. We’ll see how the match goes.”
Added Swiatek, “Jessie is one of the most solid players on tour so it’s always hard,” she said. “Our matches are always physical and really tight. Even though sometimes the scores are one way, you can see during the games we always have deuces and any point can matter.
“I’m pretty happy that we’re going to play against each other because it’s a test for me of where my level is because she’s really, really solid.”
Donna Vekic continued her terrific run of upsets knocking out Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1. Up next for the Croat will be Danielle Collins who bounced the second-seeded Paula Badosa 7-6(5), 6-4.
Collins leads Vekic 1-0.
“It’s great seeing Donna back healthy and playing really good tennis,” Collins said. “She has a big game and a lot of weapons. I’m just going to have to try my best.”
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