Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jiri Lehecka – LIVE: Australian Open latest updates after Victoria Azarenka win


Australian Open 2023: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jiri Lehecka

Here we go! Tsitsipas will serve first, under the roof on Rod Laver Arena. The winner will face Karen Khachanov in the semi-finals.

Lehecka is playing in his first grand slam quarter-final, Tsitsipas his sixth. The Greek has won all five previous quarter-finals at the majors.

Australian Open 2023: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jiri Lehecka

Stefanos Tsitsipas on the pressure of being the highest seed remaining in the men’s draw: “I play my game. Titles come if I play good. That takes care of itself, I think. If you’re able to play the best you can produce on the court, I feel like the rest just follows naturally.

“It’s a natural flow of things. Putting pressure on yourself… We’re all dealing with pressure when we’re playing. For us, we are out there on a different race every single time, a race with different conditions, a race with a different player by our side. That’s I think something that most players are focused at.”

Australian Open 2023: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jiri Lehecka

There’s a quick turnaround for our next match, which will see Stefanos Tsitsipas take on the rising star Jiri Lehecka. It should be a great atmosphere as Tsitsipas is heavily supported in Melbourne.

Australian Open 2023: Jessica Pegula 4-6 1-6 Victoria Azarenka – Game, set and match!

Azarenka: “Honestly, it was very scary for me physically to fail. I was afraid to fail, that I wouldn’t be able to finish certain things. It hurts my ego.

“Last year my tennis wasn’t bad, but I mentally wasn’t there. I played with a lot of fear, a lot of anxiety. It really was difficult to be brave and to make the right choices… I worked a lot on my mindset, challenging myself, trying to push myself forward.”

Australian Open 2023: Jessica Pegula 4-6 1-6 Victoria Azarenka – Game, set and match!

Azarenka: “It hurts to beat her, because I always want her to do well, but at the same time I I knew I have to play my best tennis. She’s been playing amazing and I knew from the first point that I had to bring it. I had to stay there, take opportunities. I’m very proud that I executed my game plan really well. It’s amazing to be in the semi-final of another grand slam.”

Australian Open 2023: Jessica Pegula 4-6 1-6 Victoria Azarenka – Game, set and match!

Yep, Pegula is completely beaten here. It’s going to be a fifth defeat in a row in the quarter-finals of a grand slam, but the third seed is not the story here.

What a performance that was from Victoria Azarenka! The two-time champion rolls back the years to dump out the tournament favourite. Her approach and strategy was spot-on.

Australian Open 2023: Jessica Pegula 4-6 1-5 Victoria Azarenka*

Pegula slumps a weary forehand into the net and looks in disbelief at her strings. It looks like that previous hold from Azarenka was a fatal blow to that belief, too, and Azarenka jumps on it to take the fourth consecutive break of the American’s serve. The semi-final is now in reach.

Australian Open 2023: *Jessica Pegula 4-6 1-4 Victoria Azarenka

Pegula, desperately looking for answers, tries to chip a drop-shot but gets it horribly wrong. Azarenka meets it easily and puts away winner down the line and it leads to the hold.

Australian Open 2023: Jessica Pegula 4-6 1-3 Victoria Azarenka* – Azarenka breaks!

Pegula’s serve is having very little effect so far, as Azarenka sets the tone of the rallies from the returns. She forces the third consecutive break of serve to start the second set, as Pegula continues to struggle.

Australian Open 2023: *Jessica Pegula 4-6 1-2 Victoria Azarenka – Pegula breaks!

The advantage is returned straight back to Pegula as Azarenka hits long on the backhand – there has been a slight drop in level from both players to start this second set.

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