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Quarter-finals of the highest half of the desk
- Jessica Pegula (USA/WTA 3) and Victoria Azarenka (BLR/WTA 24) 4:6, 1:6
- Elena Ostapenko (LET/WTA 17) and Elena Rybakina (KAZ/WTA 25) 2: 6, 4: 6
Jessica Pegula’s quarterfinal curse continues: third time on the Australian Open and fifth time within the final 6 Grand Slams within the eighth spherical (exception: Wimbledon 2022 within the third spherical). In Melbourne, this implies quantity 3 for the world Victoria Azarenka Final vacation spot.
After falling in need of a break within the first set, Pegula, who established himself as the favourite of the match, fought again 5 set factors to stage the rating once more, solely to surrender the set within the subsequent service sport. In the 2nd spherical, she was fully off the tempo, whereas Azarenka was notably assured on the important thing factors and transformed all 3 of her break alternatives.
Belarus will meet within the semi-finals Elena Rybakina. The 23-12 months-outdated Wimbledon champion averted rain within the first set to defeat former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-2, 6-4 within the quarter-finals. Rybakina has by no means made it previous the third spherical in her 3 matches in Melbourne.
SRF two, sportlive, 24.01.23, 09:05; tw
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