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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Jessica Pegula continued her dream run at the Australian Open on Monday with a 6: 4: 3: 6: 6: 3 win over Elina Svitolina and prepared an all-American quarter-final against Jennifer Brady, who defeated The Croatian Donna Vekic in straight sentences.
Pegula struggled hard in the second set at the Rod Laver Arena, but regrouped in the playoff and broke former Wimbledon and US Open semi-finalist Svitolina in the fourth game before scoring her first win against a top 10 opponent.
Pegula matched Svitolina’s power from the baseline, crashing into the net to keep her opponent from taking her step, and sealing victory on match point when the Ukrainian made a return.
Pegula, who was considering giving up tennis after taking a long break at the beginning of her career due to knee and hip injuries, is about to defeat her good friend Brady 6: 1: 7 after the 25-year win against Vekic Play semifinals. 5.
“Jen is a great person,” Pegula said at a press conference. “She wrote to me: ‘I am so happy, I am so proud. This is great’.
“We all pushed each other. Why not push each other into a quarter-finals, then one of us will be in the semi-finals?”
Vekic was handicapped by an injury to her right leg and took a medical break early in the second set after Brady flashed in the opener.
She showed up with fresh straps above and below her knee and although she managed to take up the fight against Brady in the second set, the Croat barely moved in the last two games.
With a tie of 5-5, Vekic gave up her serve on love, a double mistake gave Brady a chance to serve for the match.
The American made no mistake and sealed the win when her opponent fluffed a forehand.
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