In an intense match on Court One, Czech player Marketa Vondrousova emerged victorious after withstanding a spirited comeback from her American opponent.
The final score stood at 6-4 2-6 6-4 in Vondrousova’s favor. At the age of 24, Vondrousova had never progressed beyond the second round at SW19, while Pegula has faced defeat in all six of her Grand Slam quarter-finals.
Vondrousova’s next challenge will be against either top seed Iga Swiatek or Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
Currently ranked 42nd in the world, Vondrousova experienced a rapid ascent through the rankings as a teenager, reaching the final of the 2019 French Open.
Nevertheless, this quarter-final victory marks her first since that impressive campaign.
Conversely, Pegula’s path to Grand Slam success has been a late-blooming journey.
It took her eight years on the WTA Tour to break into the top 100, and all six of her Grand Slam quarter-final losses have occurred within the past two years.
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