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Wimbledon 2023: Pegula eyes first GS semifinals, Swiatek and Djokovic back in action

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Jessica Pegula has reached the quarterfinals in five of her last 10 major tournaments. Making it past that point has been an issue.

The 29-year-old American gets another shot at the semi-finals when she faces Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Winning in the fourth round at Wimbledon this year means the fourth-seeded Pegula has reached the quarterfinals at each of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

“To say that I’ve done that at all four is something I’ve wanted to say. Obviously I hope I can do more than that,” Pegula said.

Jessica Pegula of the US celebrates defeating Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko in the women’s singles match on day seven of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on Sunday. PHOTO: AP

Vondrousova, the runner-up at the 2019 French Open, has knocked off three seeded opponents in a row ahead of Tuesday’s match on No 1 Court.

In the other women’s quarterfinals match on Tuesday, top-ranked Iga Swiatek of Poland faces Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Svitolina said she is “really thankful” for Swiatek’s support of Ukrainians.

On Centre Court, though, Svitolina hopes to keep her momentum going. The 2019 semifinalist at Wimbledon had a baby last October and returned to the tour this April. She advanced Sunday by beating two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka.

Swiatek claimed her fourth major title at the French Open last month, but this is her first time into the quarterfinals at the All England Club.

Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates after beating Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in a women’s singles match on day seven of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on Sunday. PHOTO: AP

Seven-time champion Novak Djokovic will be back at Centre Court — his third day in a row — to face Andrey Rublev for a spot in the semi-finals. The 23-time Grand Slam champion is trying to tie Roger Federer’s record of eight men’s titles at Wimbledon.

The other men’s quarterfinals match is eighth-seeded Jannik Sinner against Roman Safiullin on No 1 Court.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in a men’s singles match on day eight of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on Monday. PHOTO: AP