Victoria Azarenka produced an excellent show of tennis to dispatch world No. 3 Jessica Pegula and attain the Australian Open semifinals.

The 2-time Australian Open champion, now ranked twenty fourth on the earth, rolled again the years to beat Pegula, one of the vital constant gamers on the ladies’s tour over the previous couple of seasons and remaining favourite, 6-4 6-1 in only one hour and 37 minutes.

It marks Azarenka’s finest efficiency in Melbourne since she final received the second of her two Australian Open crowns in 2013 and her second grand slam semifinal look since 2020.

For Pegula, who remains to be ready to succeed in her first grand slam semifinal, there will likely be so much to mull over within the aftermath of her defeat, specifically given the way in which she solely received one sport within the second set.

“It hurts to beat her as a result of I at all times need her to do nicely,” Azarenka stated in her post-match interview. “However I do know I have to play my finest tennis as a result of she’s been so constant. We had so many rallies … I simply needed to keep there and take alternatives.

“I’m very proud that I executed my gameplan actually method and it’s so superb to be within the semifinal of one other grand slam.

“Final 12 months my tennis wasn’t unhealthy however I wasn’t there mentally. I performed with loads of concern and nervousness – it’s onerous to make the correct resolution once you really feel anxious and hesitant so I attempted to push myself within the off season.

“Whenever you obtain nice success generally you change into conservative to attempt new issues, so this season I used to be like, I’ll attempt new issues, put my head down and work onerous.”

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