In their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open on Tuesday evening, Victoria Azarenka outperformed Jessica Pegula. The third-seeded American was defeated 6-4, 6-1 by the 24th seed in an hour and 37 minutes. Comparing Pegula’s 19 victories to Azarenka’s 17,
Even though Azarenka finished the match with 20 unforced errors, the higher-ranked player’s 31 unforced errors ultimately proved to be her undoing. Pegula faced a break point in virtually every other service game, as her serve was constantly under attack.
Pegula faced 13 break points in all, eight of which she avoided. Azarenka, meanwhile, avoided two of the four break points she was presented with.
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Azarenka broke Pegula in the first serve game of both sets to take the lead 2-0.
Azarenka was able to use practically the entire court to her advantage, particularly by finding angles to throw her opponent off balance and cause difficulty. Pegula made more errors as a result of her decision to wait for the ball to come to her rather than attack it.
Despite falling behind early on, Pegula did well in the first set to keep pace with Azarenka. When Azarenka served for the set in the ninth game, she even broke her serve after saving three break points in the fourth game to put herself on the scoreboard.
She attempted to tie the set at five all, but her own serve failed her, and she lost the set. The 28-year-lone old’s victory in the second set came in the third game with a break on Azarenka’s serve. Her opponent, who is five years older than she is, didn’t miss much the remainder of the match, and she quickly brought an end to the proceedings while serving for the match in the seventh game.
Victoria Azarenka is in her first semi-final at the Australian Open in ten years. The previous two times the former world No. 1 advanced to the Major semifinals, she won the match (2012-13). In addition, Azarenka and Elena Rybakina, who she will face in the semifinals, are the only two Major winners still in the women’s draw.
The women’s singles campaign Down Under also came to an end with Jessica Pegula’s departure. Image Source: WTA Insider