Two-time BNP Paribas Open Champion Victoria Azarenka defeated Jessica Pegra 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday to enter the semi-finals of Indian Wells, California.
Azalenka, a 32-year-old Belarusian seeded in 27th place, won the event in 2012 and 2016 among her 21 career single titles. Her only tournament championship since 2016 was held in Cincinnati in 2020. This is because she suddenly left the tour during the interim period and struggled to get the form back.
Her semi-final opponent was Latvia’s 24-seeded Elena Ostapenko, who defeated US Shelby Rogers 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Friday.
Pegula, a US player seeded in 19th place, won the first two games against Azarenka, but lost the next four games. In the second set, players exchanged service interruptions in the first two games, but Azarenka interrupted service two more times and pulled away.
“I thought it was a really good match,” Azarenka said. “Both players are very high quality. Very consistent in level. I felt I played really well at the crucial moment. I felt like I had taken many steps on that occasion. I’m really happy today.
“I started the shot from the beginning. I knew I needed to put pressure on her, so I have a chance. I think there were a lot of great rallies at the beginning of the match.” Oh, I got this. She got me because there were a lot of things I thought, “Maybe I got it.” I felt really positive and sticking to consistency. I got a chance. “
Azarenka aims to reach the tournament final for the first time this year. She was 1-2 in the 2020 final.
Ostapenko overcame the double fault eight times and did not provide an ace to defeat Rogers. The match featured a total of 15 service breaks.
Ostapenko is aiming for her fifth career WTA tour title, and her latest victory will take place this summer in Eastbourne, England.
The other two Indian Wells quarterfinals are scheduled for Thursday. The 12th seed, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, opposes the 18th seeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit, and the 10th seeded German Angelique Kerber is the 21st seeded Spanish Paula Badosa. Play against.
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Victoria Azarenka advance to Indian Wells semifinals
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