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Pegula targets first Grand Slam semi while Azarenka seeks revenge

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American third seed Jessica Pegula is back in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for a third straight year and on Tuesday she will try to get over that hurdle for the first time when she faces twice champion Victoria Azarenka.Pegula is the highest seed left in the women's draw after Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur were knocked out in first-week upsets.Although Pegula says she feels "weird being a favourite", the 28-year-old also feels confident and more settled than she has been in the past."I have a great shot here.

Throughout the whole tournament I've been playing the best I have than in any of my other Grand Slam quarter-finals. That I think helps," Pegula said."I think I feel more experience coming in here...

I would say I definitely feel very confident going into this quarter-final, that I'm playing the best tennis and I have a very good chance of making a semi."Azarenka is back in the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the first time since she became a mother and the 33-year-old is out for revenge after she was knocked out by Pegula in 2021."She's an amazing player...

She got me here, so I definitely want revenge," said the Belarusian, who won the title in 2012 and 2013."She's a great friend of mine, I absolutely adore her.

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