Jessica Pegula beats Lesia Tsurenko to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2023.
Jessica Pegula, the fourth seed from the U.S., beat Lesia Tsurenko, who is from Ukraine, to make her first Wimbledon quarter-final.
Pegula beat the number 60 player in the world 6-1, 6-3. She won the first five games.
Over the past week, Tsurenko had spent almost three hours more time on the court than Pegula, and it showed in an error-prone performance.
Marketa Vondrousova, who was in the final of the 2019 French Open, is up next for Pegula.
On Sunday, Vondrousova beat fellow Czech Marie Bouzkova 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
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After a week of rain, Wimbledon was still trying to get back on track. Russian 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva won her third-round match against fellow Russian Anastasia Potapova to move on to a last-16 match with American 25th seed Madison Keys.
As the rain stopped and the sun came out again, the roof on Court One was opened for Pegula’s match against Tsurenko.
Instead, Pegula was raining down strong shots on the court, and Tsurenko just couldn’t handle what kept coming her way.
It was all one way traffic until Tsurenko finally held serve and saved a set point at 5-1 in the first set. This got the biggest cheers of the match from a crowd that wanted to see more of a fight.
But Pegula finished the set with a strong overhead in the next game on her serve, with only 28 minutes left on the clock.
In the second set, Pegula broke right away, but she had a short setback when she was serving for the win at 5-2 and was broken.
In the next game, she had two match points, but both her backhand and forehand shots went long. Tsurenko took a medical break at deuce because it looked like she had a blister on her foot, but Pegula didn’t lose focus and set up another match point.
She enjoyed a backhand winner that was called out, but her challenge to the call showed that it was in, so she could keep celebrating and make it to the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments.
“I’m glad I fought it,” she said during her interview in court. “I was just happy that I was able to keep going.”
Pegula had to drop out of the mixed doubles on Saturday because of a back injury, but that didn’t seem to bother her. Her confident play showed that she has the confidence she will need if she wants to win her first Grand Slam singles title.