Australian Open: Jessica Pegula, daughter of NFL crew homeowners, stuns No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina to make quarterfinals

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World No. 61 Jessica Pegula shocked No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina on the Australian Open to advance to the quarterfinals on Monday.
The 26-year-old American, who’s the daughter of the NFL crew Buffalo Payments homeowners Kim and Terry Pegula, received 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Rod Laver Enviornment to achieve the final eight of a grand slam for the primary time.

Pegula was the aggressor from the outset, with Svitolina unusually passive, permitting the American to dictate the early proceedings, clinching the primary set.

Pegula celebrates after defeating  Svitolina.

Ukrainian Svitolina rallied within the second set and helped by a patchy spell from Pegula leveled the match. However Pegula recovered her poise and ran away within the remaining set to achieve the final eight of a grand slam for the primary time in her profession.

“I’m hitting the ball really well, I thought I served really well, which is really important, especially against the top players. Any extra free points you can get is huge,” Pegula stated afterwards.

“I’m just happy that I’m competing well, hitting well, moving well. I feel good, everything feels pretty solid, so I’m just going to take that to the next match.”

Pegula’s mother and father are additionally the homeowners of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and after her victory, she signed one of many TV cameras — as is custom –“Hi Mom. Hi Dad. See u next rnd.”
Her victory additionally delighted the Payments’ Twitter account, with it writing: “LET’S GOOOOO.”
Pegula celebrates after defeating  Svitolina.

In beating Svitolina, the 26-year-old recorded her first profession top-10 victory. At this yr’s grand slam, Pegula has already crushed two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, US Open champion Sam Stosur and Kristina Mladenovic with out dropping a set.

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For the 26-year-old Svitolina, it was her sixth grand slam loss to a participant ranked outdoors the highest 30 since she turned a top-10 mainstay herself in Might 2017 as she searches for her maiden grand slam title.

“It was not a good day for me today,” Svitolina informed the media afterwards. “I was making way too many errors. It is tough to pick why it was like this but a mixture of things.

“It is disappointing as a result of I have been taking part in superb however I really feel prefer it was a type of days the place nothing was going my means.”

Pegula plays a backhand in her match against Svitolina.

Pegula’s victory units up a gathering along with her compatriot and No. 22 Jennifer Brady, who overcame No. 28 seed Donna Vekic 6-1, 7-5 on Monday.

Brady had her personal message for Pegula after the sport, signing “Carry it Jess” earlier than departing Rod Laver Enviornment.