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Top-seed Jessica Pegula marched on to the semi-finals of the 2024 San Diego Open with a win over Anna Blinkova. She will take on 2024 Australian Open quarter-finalist Marta Kostyuk in the semi-finals.

Pegula beat Blinkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Kostyuk ousted fourth-seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova with a score-line of 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a quarter-final that was delayed due to rain.

In the last-8 clash against Blinkova, Pegula finished with 24 winners, although she struggled with 17 unforced errors, the majority of which were in the second set.

Pegula earned her win after a shaky second set filled with errors, presenting Blinkova a chance to plot her second upset of the week. Despite this setback, Pegula managed to shake off her second-set performance and swiftly took a double-break lead in the third. She maintained the lead to clinch her win in an hour and 33 minutes, improving her record to 3-0 against Blinkova.

Holding four titles on the Hologic WTA Tour, 30-year-old Pegula is seeking to secure her first final of the season in San Diego. Pegula returned to the court for her first tournament since the Australian Open, after withdrawing from Doha and Dubai due to a neck injury.

Speaking after her win, Pegula called Blinkova a tough competitor, insisting that she made her work for the win.

“Anna’s always a really tough competitor. She makes you really have to earn it. I feel like I started out playing really well, then she changed up her game plan and started hitting a lot of high balls. I wasn’t stepping in and was getting frustrated. I reeled off some really bad errors for a couple of games there, but I managed to find my range,” said Pegula.

Before her encounter with Pegula, Blinkova, who originally showed promise by coming from a set down to defeat the former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the first round, took down another formidable opponent, Dayana Yastremska- an Australian Open semifinalist in the second round.

Pegula will face Kostyuk, while Emma Navarro of Great Britain will take on USA’s Katie Boulter in the semi-finals.

Published By:

Rounaq Sehrawat

Published On:

Mar 2, 2024

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