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Jessica Pegula upsets Elina Svitolina to reach Aussie Open Quarterfinals

The Buffalo, NY native is through to her first grand slam quarterfinal after earning her first top 10 win.




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Jessica Pegula is through to her first ever grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open after beating the world number 5 Elina Svitolina in a tough three set battle 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. The American hit 31 winners in the match while Svitolina hit 40 unforced errors.


A quick start for the American

Both players did a good job holding serve to open the match and at 2-2 it was the American earning the first break points of the match but the world number 5 did a good job saving them with her forehand to hold serve.

The Buffalo native had two more breakpoints at at 3-3 and would break as Svitolina would serve an untimely double fault for the first break of serve of the match.

She would serve out the first set to take it 6-4 and was one set away from pulling off another stunning upset.

Svitolina comes back

The American kept the momentum going into the beginning of the second set and had another early chances to break and at the second time of asking Pegula would break with a great pointing finishing with an amazing volley winner at the net to take an early 1-0 lead.

The Ukrainian responded right away in the next game earning a breakpoint and the break didn’t last long as she broke winning an amazing rally to go back on serve at 1-1.

After holding serve the world number 5 went on the offensive and earned more breakpoints off another unforced error and would go on to break to take a 3-1 lead.

The world number 5 had chances to increase her lead when Pegula served a double fault to give her three breakpoints. She would save all three playing some outstanding tennis.

She would serve out the set to take it 6-3 and force a third and deciding set against the American.

Pegula takes the decider

Both players held serve for the first three games of the final set and at 2-1 the American had two chances to break and would break to take a 3-1 lead as she played an aggressive point finishing the point at the net with another solid volley winner.

At 4-2 the world number 5 had two more breakpoints and would ultimately break when the Buffalo native served a double fault to go back on serve. Pegula went back to work and responded immediately as she earned four more breakpoints on the Ukrainian serve and it took until the fourth that she was able to convert as Svitolina forehand went long to grab once again a 5-3 lead and serve for the match.

She would serve out the match in style as her serve was much too powerful in the final game of the match to seal her first win vs a top 10 opponent and a spot in the top 50 players in the world.

“I can’t get more confident – it is my best result yet,” Pegula said afterwards during her press conference.
“I was a little tentative in the beginning of the second, and was able to play a couple of good games at the end of the second to get the momentum into the third. I definitely felt like I was sliding off the rails a little bit.”

In the quarter-finals she will either play another American in Jennifer Brady or the Croatian Donna Vekic.

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After reaching the quarter final at Wimbledon the Canadian player advanced to the last eight at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas. It was the second time he reached the quarter final in a Masters 1000 tournament. 

At the US Open the 21-year-old Canadian player edged Roberto Bautista Agut in a five-set match before beating Frances Tiafoe to reach the semifinals. Auger Aliassime became the first Canadian player to reach the semifinals at the US Open in the tournament history and the youngest player since Juan Martin Del Potro won the tournament in 2009. 

“I am happy with the level I have been playing at times, with the results I have had. It’s a positive week. Things are moving in the right direction”, said Auger Aliassime. Carlos Alcaraz has become the fourth player to secure a spot in the Next Gen ATP Finals after Auger Aliassime, Jannik Sinner and Sebastian Korda. Alcaraz became the youngest US Open quarter finalist in the Open Era after scoring an upset third-set win over Stefanos Tsitsipas. The player coached by Juan Carlos Ferrero also won the ATP 250 title in Umag and reached the semfinals in Marbella and Winston Salem.

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Liudmila Samsonova sets up semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko in Luxembourg




Liudmila Samsonova upset this year’s Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 6-1 6-4 with three breaks of serve to reach her third semifinal of the season at the Luxembourg Open. 


Samsonova broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the first set 6-1. The Russian player claimed the second set 6-1 with a break in the third game and sealed the win on her first match point. 

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Samsonova will face 2019 Luxemburg Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, who edged past Alizé Cornet 7-6 (8-6) 6-2. Ostapenko improved her winning streak to 8-0. Ostapenko went down a break twice in the first set. Cornet earned a chance to serve for the set at 5-4, but Ostapenko did not face any set point. Ostapenko saved the first set point in the tie-break before earning the mini-break to win the tie-break 8-6. Ostapenko broke twice in the third and seventh games to win the second set 6-2. 

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Venus Williams Explains Met Gala Photo With Maria Sharapova

The former world No.1 says she and her sister Serena have ‘respect and love’ for Sharapova.




Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams at the 20201 Met Gala (image via Instagram)

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams says there are no hard feelings between her, her sister Serena and Maria Sharapova after the trio took a photo together at the Met Gala.


The former world No.1s was seen smiling and laughing together at the New York fundraising event with both of the Williams sisters uploading a photo of them all on their Instagram story. Prompting surprise from some fans considering the at times icy rivalry between Serena and Sharapova that dates back to the 2004 Wimbledon Championships.

In her 2017 autobiography, Unstoppable: My Life So Far, Sharapova mentioned Serena’s name more than 100 times. She says the American hated her for beating her at Wimbledon that year and that the two were ‘not friends.’

“What I heard when I came in to the locker room was Serena Williams bawling,” Sharapova wrote.
“Guttural sobs. I got out as quickly as I could, but she knew I was there.
“I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds … I think she hated me for seeing her at her lowest moment.
“But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. She’s never forgiven me for it.”

Responding to the claims, Serena hit back at the book in 2018 by describing it as ‘hearsay’ and said she never had any ‘negative feelings’ towards Sharapova. The two clashed on the Tour no fewer than 22 times with Serena winning 20 of those meetings.

“So I don’t have any negative feelings towards her, which again, was a little disappointing to see in that hearsay book,” Williams commented back in 2018. “So I have always, you know, and especially having a daughter, like, I feel like negativity is taught. One of the things I always say, I feel like women, especially, should bring each other up.”

Three years later and it now seems that all parties have put their disagreements behind them. At the Met Gala they were seen getting on pretty well. Besides posing for a photo together, they were also seen together in the bathroom at the event. A photo taken by pop star Anitta and rapper Saweetie which showed them in the background.

Speaking about the event for the first time, 41-year-old Williams said she wishes Sharapova was still playing before adding that they still ‘respect and love’ each other.

“First of all, Serena and I were talking about Maria the day before,” the 41-year-old explained on Instagram.
“We were like, ‘Damn, I wish Maria was still playing.’
“And we saw her, and we both told her separately, ‘Oh my gosh, we were just talking about you yesterday, we wish you were still on tour.’
“We were so happy to see each other. There was hugs, there was laughing, there were stories, and there was a photo.
“So the backstory is that even though us players compete really hard of the court for years, we still respect and love each other, and love Maria

Williams, Serena and Sharapova have won a total of 35 Grand Slam singles titles between them.

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