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Jessica Pegula withdraws from Madrid – Tennis Tonic

American tennis star Jessica Pegula has withdrawn from the prestigious Madrid Open 2024. The reason behind her withdrawal is yet to be confirmed, but there is speculation that an injury could be the cause.

A season with ups and downs

Pegula’s 2024 season was a roller coaster ride. She started the year well, leading Team USA at the United Cup. However, the team could not reach the knockouts. After this, she suffered an unexpected defeat in the second round of the Australian Open. An injury then forced her to sit out the hard court swing in the Middle East.

Her return to the court saw her reach the semifinals of the San Diego Open. However, her performance at Indian Wells was disappointing as she lost in the opening round. She rebounded at the Miami Open, played to the quarterfinals and achieved a semifinalist finish at the Charleston Open.

National duties and injury issues

Following her stint at the Charleston Open, Pegula represented her country in the final of the Billie Jean King Cup, where the US team triumphed over Belgium. She was scheduled to compete in the 2024 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, but decided not to due to scheduling conflicts. Now her withdrawal from the Madrid Open has raised concerns about her fitness and readiness for the upcoming tournaments.

Impact on rankings

Pegula’s withdrawal from the Madrid Open could affect her fifth place in the world rankings. In 2023, she reached the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open and earned significant points. Her decision not to defend these points could drop her ranking.

Jessica Pegula in 2024

Currently the world no.5, Jessica played her last match on the 13e of April when she defeated world number 278 Hanne Vandewinkel 6-2 6-0 in the Rubber 3 in BEL 4 (draw).

Currently, Pegula has a composite 14-6 win-loss record during the season. Jessica Pegula’s best performance this year was reaching the semifinals in Adelaide, San Diego and Charleston.

Pegula will compete next in Madrid (Mutua Madrid Open). She will start the tournament from the main draw starting on April 22.