World quantity three Jessica Pegula powered right into a last-16 Australian Open showdown with former Grand Slam champion Barbora Krejcikova after demolishing Marta Kostyuk 6-0, 6-2 on Friday. The in-form Pegula has reached the quarter-finals on her final two visits to Melbourne Park and might make it a hat-trick if she beats the 2021 French Open champion on Sunday. The American third seed wanted simply 65 minutes to canter previous erratic Ukrainian Kostyuk, who dedicated 39 unforced errors to the constant Pegula’s 9.
“I thought I didn’t give away a lot of free points. I was playing aggressive when I had to, but also playing smart. So that worked really well,” mentioned Pegula.
“I wasn’t serving great today, but I thought I served smart enough to get myself through some tough games,” added Pegula, who was resilient sufficient to avoid wasting eight break factors as she dropped her serve simply as soon as.
Pegula and Kostyuk had solely met on one earlier event, in Cincinnati final 12 months, with the Ukrainian taking the primary set earlier than the American outlasted her 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-2 in 2hr 7min.
There was no likelihood of a repeat on Friday, Pegula ruthlessly racing to a triple break on her approach to taking a primary set “bagel”.
Kostyuk did lastly hassle the scorers at the beginning of the second, nevertheless it proved to be the one recreation she received on her personal function Pegula cruised to victory.
Pegula was instrumental in main the USA to their United Cup triumph two weeks in the past, the place she beat top-ranked Iga Swiatek in straight units within the semi-final.
She’s going to face a troublesome prospect subsequent in twentieth seed Krejcikova, who — like Pegula — is but to drop a set.
“I’ve watched her quite a bit. She’s had a great last couple of years,” mentioned Pegula of the Czech, who additionally breezed previous a Ukrainian.
Krejcikova beat the Thirty ninth-ranked Anhelina Kalinina, 6-2, 6-3 in 1hr 26min on Rod Laver Area.
“I think with every single match I’m getting better and better,” warned Krejcikova.
“My serve was working really well today, I played really good returns and from the baseline. I played also a very solid game. Today was a really, really great match for me.”
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