Victoria Azarenka rolled again the years on the Australian Open on Tuesday because the two-times champion crushed third seed Jessica Pegula 6-4 6-1 to achieve the semi-finals and stay on target for her third Grand Slam crown.
Azarenka, the final girl to defend the title after her 2013 triumph, raced right into a 3-0 led over American Pegula within the first set earlier than the very best seed left within the girls’s draw lastly held serve.
Pegula discovered her rhythm taking part in nearer to the baseline and controlling the rallies to interrupt again however Belarusian Azarenka discovered one other gear to maneuver forward earlier than each gamers failed to carry serve.
Former world primary Azarenka took the decisive lead, nonetheless, and closed out the match to arrange a conflict with Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina after the Kazakh twenty second seed beat former Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko.
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