Wimbledon 2023: Pegula eyes 1st GS semifinals

Novak Djokovic to face Andrey Rublev for a spot in the semifinals

Jessica Pegula Jessica Pegula of the US in action during her quarterfinal match against Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova | Reuters

Jessica Pegula has reached the quarterfinals in five of her last 10 major tournaments. Making it past that point has been an issue. The 29-year-old American gets another shot at the semifinals when she faces Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Winning in the fourth round at Wimbledon this year means the fourth-seeded Pegula has reached the quarterfinals at each of the four Grand Slam tournaments. “To say that I've done that at all four is something I've wanted to say. Obviously, I hope I can do more than that,” Pegula said.

Vondrousova, the runner-up at the 2019 French Open, has knocked off three seeded opponents in a row ahead of Tuesday's match on No 1 Court.

In the other women's quarterfinals match on Tuesday, top-ranked Iga Swiatek of Poland faces Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Svitolina said she is really thankful for Swiatek's support of Ukrainians.

On Centre Court, though, Svitolina hopes to keep her momentum going. The 2019 semifinalist at Wimbledon had a baby last October and returned to the tour this April. She advanced Sunday by beating two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka.

Swiatek claimed her fourth major title at the French Open last month, but this is her first time into the quarterfinals at the All England Club. Seven-time champion Novak Djokovic will be back at Centre Court--his third day in a row--to face Andrey Rublev for a spot in the semifinals. The 23-time Grand Slam champion is trying to tie Roger Federer's record of eight men's titles at Wimbledon.

The other men's quarterfinals match is eighth-seeded Jannik Sinner against Roman Safiullin on No 1 Court.

When are Tuesday's matches?

First on Centre Court is Swiatek-Svitolina at 1.30pm local time. The Djokovic-Rublev match is next at the main stadium and could begin around 3pm local time. On Court No 1, the Pegula-Vondrousova match is first and begins at 1pm local time. That's followed by Sinner-Safiullin.

What were Monday's other results?

No 1 Carlos Alcaraz beat Matteo Berrettini 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals. Djokovic beat Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4. The sixth-seeded Holger Rune defeated 21st-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-3. Chris Eubanks beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. On the women's side, No 6 Ons Jabeur beat ninth-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-0, 6-3. Defending champion Elena Rybakina also reached the quarters when Beatriz Haddad Maia retired from their match with a lower back injury with Rybakina leading 4-1. The second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka reached the quarterfinals by beating No 21 Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 6-0. Madison Keys, seeded No 25, defeated 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Upcoming singles schedule

Tuesday and Wednesday: Quarterfinals (Women and Men)

Thursday: Women's Semifinals

Friday: Men's Semifinals

Saturday: Women's Final

Sunday: Men's Final 


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