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Another quick day for Pegula


Nepalnews
AP
2022 Mar 31, 7:37, Miami Gardens
Jessica Pegula of the U.S. returns a ball to Paula Badosa of Spain in their quarterfinal match at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 30, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo)

Forget three-setters. These days, Jessica Pegula doesn’t even need second sets.

The No. 16 seed has made the semifinals at the Miami Open, benefiting from a second consecutive abrupt ending. She won her quarterfinal against fifth-seeded Paula Badosa on Wednesday, after the Spaniard retired five games into the first set.

Pegula has played four matches so far in this tournament, needing only 5 1/2 sets to record those victories. She had a first-round bye, won her next two matches in straight sets and her fourth-round match ended when unseeded Anhelina Kalinina retired after Pegula won the first set 6-0.

Then came Wednesday, when Badosa bowed out down 4-1.

“Of course, it’s not nice to win that way,” Pegula said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever even hit with her at all and I was really looking forward to playing because she’s been having an amazing year.”


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