Melbourne, Australia-Jessica Pegra’s first defeat of a top 10 opponent earned the 26-year-old American the first trip to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament.
61st-place Pegra, whose parents own the Buffalo Bills and Sabers franchise, defeated Ukraine’s fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena on Monday. ..
She will face 22nd place Jennifer Brady in the US quarterfinals.
After her amazing victory, Pegra scribbled on the TV camera screen of the Australian Open court. Hi Mom, Hi Dad, next time Jen B.
As well as thanks to her parents, it was a message to Brady, Pegra’s best friend, who will follow her in the fourth round of the match at Rod Laver Arena.
And after Brady also won, he set up a national showdown against Pegra, set a place to grab the last four, and then he responded in kind with a blue marker, saying: writing.
Pegra is a tag team tournament now known as the Billie Jean King Cup, where she recalls that after she played doubles together in the United States, she and Brady became intimate, and she was for both. She said it was an opportunity. I’m glad to be here. She plays good tennis and has established her position as her prestigious player.
Pegra is opening a breakthrough. She has won four games at Melbourne Park in the past week. Victoria Azarenka, who won the Australian Open twice, and Samantha Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, participated in hard court tournaments, winning a total of three major league titles.
She is also important to Pegra, who works with former Venus Williams coach David Witt. She set a 0-6 record for the top 10 women that day.
Witt said Pegra’s growing confidence was a big part of her progress. He found a kinship with Bills, her family’s soccer team. After spending nearly 20 years without going to the postseason, Bills played off three of the last four seasons behind quarterback Josh Allen.
Last year, when he wasn’t doing very well, I said, “I like this boy. He loved the competitive spirit. He was a gamer. He just wanted to win. That’s what you see. He said he loved it, he said about Allen. Seeing the team gain its value, its competitive attitude and its mindset, I think it definitely tried to incorporate it into my game a bit. So it’s like 90% of the game. It’s great to see them and direct that energy to the way I’m doing.
Due to the blue sky and temperature of Fahrenheit in the 70’s, and the lack of fans on the stand for three consecutive days due to the local COVID-19 lockout, Pegra ordered a ground stroke change from the baseline.
Early on, she pushed through two Grand Slam semi-finalists, Svitolina. Svitolina knocked out American teenager Coco Gauff in the second round and climbed 1-0 on the set and break in the second round.
Until then, Pegra wasn’t broken.
But that’s where Svitolina, who all slipped down, stood up. He suddenly defeated Pegra twice in a row. This is part of a four-game run that led Svitolina 4 to 1 in the second set.
As if to switch on or remember what worked before, Pegra returned to an aggressive style rather than hitting a corner, leading 4-1. He broke 4-3, but soon broke, lagging behind Ai-30 and then scoring the last four points to win his career’s biggest win.
Brady defeated No. 28 Croatia’s Donavekic 6-1, 7-5 with the help of nine aces to reach the eighth round for the first time in Melbourne Park.
When Brady arrived in Australia last month, he was severely quarantined for two weeks because he tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival. Meanwhile, he was not allowed to leave the hotel room.
Brady said that many were complaining and I told myself I wasn’t going to complain. This means that much worse is happening in the world than being stuck in a hotel room for 14 days.
Brady is from Pennsylvania and played college tennis at UCLA. He made it to the semi-finals at the US Open last year.
Vekitch’s right knee was heavily bandaged by the coach early in the second set, but he kept things closed up to a total of five from there. At that time, Double Fault gave Brady a love break, and Brady won.
Brady and Pegra have joined the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in at least three women’s quarterfinals at Melbourne Park. And with Shelby Rogers playing Australia’s No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in another spot in the eighth round, there was a fourth possibility.
The other remaining women’s match was the 18th Elise Mertens against Karolina Muchova.
So it’s pretty nice to see. Mr. Pegra hopes that all of us can move on. Finally, I don’t know, but in a year or so we really pushed each other. You may not have told yourself yet, but I think we can all feel it.