Victoria Azarenka reveals key in Indian Wells quarterfinal win over Jessica Pegula

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka thought she and Jessica Pegula both delivered a good level of tennis as she was glad that she was the one that managed to get over the hump and claim victory. 

Azarenka, now ranked at No. 32 in the world, beat world No. 24 Pegula 6-4 6-2 to progress into the Indian Wells Masters semifinal. 

 “I thought it was a really good match,” Azarenka said, in her post-match press conference. “Very high quality from both players. Very consistent in terms of level for me. I felt that I really played well in the crucial moments. I felt like I stepped up a lot to the occasion. That’s what I’m really happy with today.

“I started going for my shots from the beginning. I knew I have to apply pressure on her, and I will have the moment where I will have opportunity. I think in the beginning of the match we had a lot of great rallies, a lot of points where I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I got this one,’ and she got me. I felt that I really just stuck to being aggressive and being consistent. I got my opportunities.”

Azarenka faces Jelena Ostapenko next 

2017 French Open champion Ostapenko overcame American Shelby Rogers in three sets to advance to her first Indian Wells semifinal. 

Ostapenko spoke highly of Azarenka ahead of their clash but underlined that she will try to do everything she can in order to end on the winning side. 

“She’s a great player,” Ostapenko said. “She’s such a champion, a great fighter I think. Both of us are great fighters. It’s going to be an interesting match.

“I’m more focused on my game. Of course, she’s very consistent. It’s going to be hard. But if I play my game and choose the right shots, I will be consistent, I think it will be a very interesting match.”

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