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Australian Open: Jessica Pegula falls in quarterfinals but won’t ‘sulk around’

Jessica Pegula lost in straight sets to Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open quarterfinals. (David Gray/AFP via Getty Images)

Jessica Pegula exited the Australian Open in the quarterfinals, losing in straight sets to Victoria Azarenka, 6-4, 6-1.

Still, she has no time “to sulk around.” Instead, the 28-year-old American will set her sights on the doubles bracket, as she plays in a quarterfinal match with Coco Gauff at 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.

“I think it actually helps that I’m playing doubles tomorrow because I don’t have so much time to sulk around and kind of be in my feelings,” Pegula told reporters after her loss.

“I saw I’ll play third match tomorrow, so I’ve got to go get racquets strung, book practice courts, figure out what time I’m going warm up. I’ll be back here probably by noon. A quick turnaround.”

Still, after her run in doubles is done, Pegula will take the time to look back on her singles run at this year’s Australian Open. She made the quarterfinal round for the third straight year — but also failed to advance to the semifinals for the third straight year.

“Obviously I’m going to be pretty pissed about my match tonight,” Pegula said. “But tomorrow is just another chance to get another win, to get a better feeling, to go back and be in a competitive mindset, hopefully do well in the doubles. I still want to win.”

For Azarenka, the win marks her first trip to a Grand Slam semifinal since the 2020 US Open, and her first Australian Open semifinal since winning it all back in 2013.