MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Jessica Pegula continued her dream run on the Australian Open on Monday with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over fifth seed Elina Svitolina to arrange an all-American quarter-final in opposition to Jennifer Brady, who beat Croatia’s Donna Vekic in straight units.
Pegula struggled badly within the second set at Rod Laver Area however regrouped within the decider, breaking former Wimbledon and U.S. Open semi-finalist Svitolina within the fourth sport earlier than locking down her first win over a high 10 opponent.
Matching Svitolina’s energy off the baseline, Pegula rushed the online to knock her opponent off her stride and sealed the win on the primary match level when the Ukrainian netted a return.
Pegula, who thought-about giving up tennis after being sidelined for lengthy spells on account of knee and hip accidents earlier in her profession, will play her good buddy Brady for a spot within the semis after the 25-year-old beat Vekic 6-1 7-5.
“Jen is an superior particular person,” Pegula instructed a information convention. “She was texting me, ‘I am so glad, I am so proud. That is superior’.
“We have all been pushing one another. Why not push one another right into a quarter-final, then considered one of us be within the semis?”
Vekic was hampered by an damage to her proper leg and took a medical timeout at first of the second set after being blitzed by Brady within the opener.
She emerged with contemporary strapping above and beneath her knee and although she managed to take the struggle to Brady within the second set the Croatian was barely transferring within the remaining two video games.
With the rating tied at 5-5 Vekic surrendered her serve to like, a double fault handing Brady the possibility to serve for the match.
The American made no mistake, sealing victory when her opponent fluffed a forehand.
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