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Vintage Victoria Azarenka beats Jessica Pegula to reach Australian Open semi-finals

FeaturedSports NewsVintage Victoria Azarenka beats Jessica Pegula to reach Australian Open semi-finals

Victoria Azarenka rolled back the years at the Australian Open on Tuesday as the two-time champion beat third seed Jessica Pegula 6-4 6-1 to reach the semi-finals and claim her third Grand Slam crown. Stay on the path.

Azarenka, the last woman to defend her title since her 2013 triumph, raced to a 3-0 lead over American Pegula in the first set before the top seed remaining in the women’s draw finally held serve.

Pegula found her rhythm playing close to the baseline and controlling rallies to fend off but the Belarusian Azarenka found another gear to move forward before both players failed to hold serve.

Former world number one Azarenka took a decisive lead, however, and closed out the match to set up a clash with Wimbledon winner Elina Rybakina after the Kazakh 22nd seed defeated former Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko.

This story was republished from a wire agency feed without editing the text.

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