Two Wimbledon quarterfinal debutants meet on Tuesday when fourth seed Jessica Pegula faces world number 42 Marketa Vondrousova in the first match on Court One.
American Pegula is in the final eight for the fifth time in seven majors but is yet to advance beyond this stage, having reached a Wimbledon career-best third round in SW19 in 2022.
After an injury-strewn year, Vondrousova has followed up only her second ever victory at the tournament with three successive wins over seeded opponents.
The Sporting News has live updates, the latest score and highlights as the Czech pursues another upset at Wimbledon 2023.
Jessica Pegula vs Marketa Vondrousova live score
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Jessica Pegula vs Marketa Vondrousova live updates, highlights from Wimbledon 2023
Jessica Pegula 2-2 Marketa Vondrousova*
There’s a sense that neither player wants to seize the momentum on serve as Marketa Vondrousova larrups a shot well long in the first point of her chance to draw level.
Jessica Pegula’s spinning forehand befuddles her opponent to make it 15-30, but Vondrousova passes Pegula at the net after her opponent does well to reach her drop shot, then takes the game with a powerful serve, Pegula only able to send her return long.
*Jessica Pegula 2-1 Marketa Vondrousova
Jessica Pegula hasn’t quite got her first serve firing yet. An overhit double backhand from the baseline gives Marketa Vondrousova a chance at 30-30, which she takes with a powerful, deep forehand which Pegula can only apply a flailing backhand to.
Vondrousova breaks back! Another excellent rally features several judicious, precise shots from both players – but the last of which, a Pegula forehand, is long again, swinging the momentum back towards the Czech, who shows off several eye-catching tattoos on her arm as she takes her seat.
Jessica Pegula 2-0 Marketa Vondrousova*
Pegula’s near-perfect start lands her the first available break! A terrific forehand, fired perfectly beyond Marketa Vondrousova at her left baseline, gives the American the early advantage.
Jessica Pegula* 1-0 Marketa Vondrousova
If the first exchange of this match is any measure, it’s going to be an absorbing contest. The first point, though, ends with Marketa Vondrousova sending a shot into the net, and Jessica Pegula proceeds to reach 40-0 before dropping a point and seeing out the game in two minutes. Routine enough.
1 p.m GMT/ 8 a.m ET: The players stand beside each other in the tunnel as they prepare to come out, Jessica Pegula with a pair of headphones clamped over their ears.
Now they emerge to a suitably excitable round of applause!
12:45 p.m GMT/ 7:45 a.m ET: Jessica Pegula says reaching the quarterfinals of every grand slam tournament is “pretty cool”. “I hope I can do more than that,” she added.
“Just the last couple of years, to be able to accomplish all of that is pretty crazy. Especially here: I feel like Wimbledon is really special to make the final eight. It was definitely a goal. I’m really happy I get to mark that off.”
Pegula is chasing Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina at the top of the rankings, all of whom are still involved at Wimbledon.
“Everyone knows I’ve been very consistent,” she said. “To go a little bit further is obviously the goal. I would definitely love to crash the ‘big three’ party, if possible.”
12:30 p.m GMT/ 7:30 a.m ET: In beating Lesia Tsurenko in the last 16, Jessica Pegula equalled the fewest number of games she has lost – four – in a match at Wimbledon, last doing so when she played Caroline Garcia in 2021.
Marketa Vondrousova had a slightly trickier time on her way to this stage, losing the first set 6-2 against Marie Bouzkova before winning the final two sets 6-4, 6-3.
12:15 p.m GMT/ 7:15 a.m ET: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of Jessica Pegula vs Marketa Vondrousova in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.
Since losing a tie-break midway through her opening match against Lauren Davis, fourth seed Pegula has not dropped a set during three successive wins over unseeded players. Vondrousova, the world number 42, has beaten three seeds, starting with an impressive straight sets victory over 12th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova and proceeding to knock out number 20 Donna Vekic and number 32 Marie Bouzkova.
The prize for the winner will be a clash in the final four with world number one Iga Swiatek or Elina Svitolina, whose quarterfinal is scheduled to begin on Centre Court 30 minutes after this one.
How to watch Jessica Pegula vs Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon 2023 in Australia
The 2023 edition of Wimbledon is being broadcast live and free by Nine. The action is being shown on either Channel 9 or their secondary channel 9Gem, depending on the session and time.
Every match of Wimbledon 2023 can be live-streamed in Australia on paid subscription service Stan Sport. Selected matches are available in 4K.
Fans can also stream the action for free via 9Now, which shows the standard free-to-air broadcast.
How to watch Jessica Pegula vs Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon 2023 in USA
How to watch Jessica Pegula vs Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon 2023 in the UK
Wimbledon remains available to watch on free-to-air television in the United Kingdom. Live matches will air on BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC Red Button. Viewers can also choose up to 18 courts to watch through their smart TVs and also on BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and app.
Wimbledon is also shown on Eurosport to UK viewers. Eurosport will broadcast the Championships every day on Eurosport 1 daily and then via highlights. Coverage will be available on the Discovery + streaming platform and on Eurosport online, too.
Published at Tue, 11 Jul 2023 12:21:07 +0000