World No. 3 Jessica Pegula was hunting to trip the momentum at the 2023 US Open soon after her title in Montreal, but she came up against a established Madison Keys on Monday in the Large Apple, who knocked her out in the Round of 16, 6-1, 6-3.
Taking into consideration they’re each American, Pegula and Keys are basically pretty superior pals and the latter acknowledged just that immediately after stunning Pegula, generating it very clear that it was all business enterprise the moment they stepped on the courtroom.
“At the finish of the working day we each want to get. We are all organization on the court docket.”
Keys, who is No. 17 on the WTA Tour, was medical on initially-serve factors and used her floor stroke to outplay Pegula, who was obviously not at her most effective. Keys had 21 whole winners to just six for her opponent.
The 28-calendar year-aged spoke out post-match on all the particular moments in the past at the US Open up, in which she was a runner-up 6 yrs in the past.
“I’ve experienced so numerous wonderful moments in New York,” said Keys.
“Being able to at any minute appear again from any challenging positions I’ve been in matches has been remarkable.”
Next up is Wimbledon champ Marketa Vondrousova, who just outlasted unseeded American Peyton Stearns. If Keys can prevail, she’ll show up in her third vocation US Open semifinal.
As for Pegula, she will not be joyful with exiting so early in the lone Grand Slam on property soil, but in general, it is really been a solid 12 months for her, beating quite a few major names throughout the period.