Jessica Pegula discusses the lesson she hopes Ashleigh Barty will learn.

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world No. 3 Jessica Pegula has been attempting to emulate Ashleigh Barty and other ATP players by adopting a more laid-back demeanor. Pegula, 28, started her 2023 season in the United Cup, where she has been regularly hitting with fellow American Frances Tiafoe in recent weeks.

Pegula asserts that ATP athletes take a far more laid-back attitude to stretching and practice sessions. Former three-time Grand Slam winner Barty also had a very laid-back demeanor. Pegula believes it’s a good thing to know how to not stress and overanalyze things before matches. Pegula is competing for her maiden Grand Slam championship at the Australian Open.

Pegula on what she learned from Barty and Tiafoe

“The majority of the guys I know are really laid back when they go to warm up or when they hit, especially before a competition. They’re not chasing after balls; they’re just trying to find a little groove.

They are not panicking or actively working on anything. With the possible exception of Ash, I believe girls are rather different in that regard. She warmed up to me like a boy, I thought. She hits a few slices after taking around five serves, and she is finished.

I’ve worked harder at doing it. I believe that Frances forces me to do that because I don’t want to appear to be an overly analytical player when we are hitting together. If I’m not ready by now, I won’t ever be ready, I always tell my coach.

In one hour, I perform. I must go past that. It certainly aids, “According to Pegula and the WTA website. Pegula, meanwhile, had a fantastic 2023 season debut. Pegula helped the United States win the inaugural United Cup by winning all five of her singles matches in straight sets.

Pegula began her Australian Open run with a commanding 6-0 6-1 victory over Jaqueline Cristian following a solid performance at the United Cup.