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Tennis: American Pegula continues dream run at Australian Open

Tennis: American Pegula continues dream run at Australian Open

United States' Jessica Pegula celebrates after defeating Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in their fourth-round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday, Feb 15, 2021. (Photo: AP/Andy Brownbill)

MELBOURNE: American Jessica Pegula continued her dream run at the Australian Open on Monday (Feb 15) by claiming a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over fifth seed Elina Svitolina to reach the quarter-finals.

Pegula struggled badly in the second set at a sunbathed Rod Laver Arena, but regrouped in the decider, breaking former Wimbledon and US Open semi-finalist Svitolina in the fourth game before locking down her first win over a top-10 opponent.

Matching Svitolina's power off the baseline, Pegula rushed the net to knock her opponent off her stride and sealed the win on the first match point when the Ukrainian netted a return.

Pegula will play the winner of the match between Donna Vekic and Jennifer Brady for a place in the semi-finals.

Source: Reuters/kg

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