Vondrousova beats Pegula, first into Wimbledon semifinals

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Unseeded Marketa Vondrousova overcame Jessica Pegula 6-4 2-6 6-4 on Court No.1 to advance to her first Wimbledon semifinal.

Marketa Vondrousova

On Court No.1, Pegula kicked off the first quarterfinal at Wimbledon 2023 with a 2-0 lead against Vondrousova. After losing two service games in a row, the American fourth seed managed to secure one more break to level at 4-4. The 2019 French Open runner-up Vondrousova fought hard to convert her fourth break point in the ninth game and eventually sealed the set with a love hold.

The world No.4 Pegula cruised through the second set and went 4-1 up in the decider, after a rain interruption and the closing of the roof at 3-1. Her unseeded opponent battled back to level the third set at 4-4. After a 31-rally point, Pegula earned a game point for a 5-4 lead, but couldn’t capitalize on it. The world No.42 Vondrousova secured her fourth straight game in a row when Pegula sent a forehand long and then confidently served out the victory.

The oldest quarterfinalist at this year’s Wimbledon, the 29-year-old Pegula, has failed to advanced to the semifinals of a Grand Slam on her sixth attempt. Meanwhile, Vondrousova entered Wimbledon with only four grass-court main-draw wins in career, while her record now stands at 9-11.

Next up for Vondrousova will be impressive wildcard Elina Svitolina, who upset world No.1 Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals, just nine months after giving birth to her first child.

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