“I mean, definitely having to beat Serena and Vika is not easy, even no matter how they played or Serena hasn’t been doing as well, whatever,” Pegula said.
“I think handling the moment like that is really difficult. For her, she’s already had success, but for her to handle that, I think it’s really hard no matter what. I don’t care what you say or how you are playing or whatever. To beat both of those girls back-to-back is tough.”
The American will now face Carolina Garcia in the quarter-finals, and is bidding to go one further than her previous best showing at the tournament that came back in 2020. Pegula has been one of the most consistent players at WTA 1000 level, now reaching eight quarter-finals since the beginning of 2021 – the most on the tour.