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Jennifer Brady reached her second Grand Slam semi-final in the last two hard-court majors after defeating American colleague and good friend Jessica Pegula in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open

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In an all-American showdown, No Jennifer Brady with 22 seeds stormed past good friend Jessica Pegula 4: 6, 6: 2, 6: 1 to secure a place in the Australian Open semi-finals

Brady continued her strong form on hard courts.She marched into her second semifinals in the last two big events on that surface.On Thursday she will face Nr25 seed Karolina Muchova from the Czech Republic who won the world’s Nr1 Ashleigh Barty in the first quarterfinals Day

“I think I felt very good physically out there,” Brady said during her post-game press conference. “I might have been able to see on the other side of the net, maybe Jess was a little tired there, that definitely got me mentally helped

“It just gave me a little more confidence to know that I’m doing pretty well, maybe she’s a little tired, now is my chance to really step up here and take advantage of that”

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Brady had her big break at the 2020 US Open, where she reached the last four before losing in three sets to future champion Naomi Osaka

“I think we both played a really good game in this [US Open] semi-finals,” said Brady. “I think we won the women’s match of the year I think that definitely confirms the fact that We both played an impressive, high-quality tennis match from start to finish. I hope to repeat that tomorrow in the next round for my semi-final game

“It definitely helps, only general confidence helps. Since I really only know that I am at this level, I can consistently compete in the second week of the Grand Slams and hope to continue to do so consistently”

They are obviously great tennis players and masters of the sport. To be placed in the same group of them, I take that as an honor

The Pegula with the 61 Rank was the last player to beat Brady before this run of the US Open, but it was Brady who commanded the last two sets as she claimed a win in 1 hour and 40 minutes

Brady had only lost 17 games en route to the quarterfinals and was broke only twice in their first four games.Pegula doubled that amount and broke Brady four times a day, but Brady converted seven of her 10 breakpoints, and first serve was key again for Brady: She made just under half of her first serves into the game, but when she did she won 82 percent of those points (including 12 against 12 in the third set)

Pegula won the first eight service points of the game while Brady took the lead 4-2 in the third, but Brady slammed four aces in a row to hold 4-3 before taking the set to 4-4

Brady was unable to maintain her momentum and was handicapped in the following game He dropped the service with a double fault before Pegula coolly played the opener Brady made 17 unforced mistakes in the first set, while Pegula kept that number lower with just seven mistakes

Jennifer Brady is delighted after winning her Australian Open quarterfinal match in 2021 against good friend Jessica Pegula

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The second set marked a turnaround for Brady as she lowered her casual mistake count to six, which was her winning number, and increased her first serve percentage to a manageable number (57 percent), a 5-2 lead Brady broke Pegula out of love to end the match on one set apiece

In the decision, Pegula prevailed against a tough opening game and broke Brady on her fifth chance in the battle for the 1-0 lead.But that would turn out to be a minor mistake as an unimpressed Brady fell back immediately and then with two in a row Assen held 2-1

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Brady’s wild forehead and steadily improving backhand forced mistakes from Pegula’s racket as she rolled game after game in the last set with a click on her power game, Brady scored a love grip to win her sixth game in a row and the win to quit

“I think I came out today and maybe pushed a little too much, tried to cover up and made a couple of casual mistakes at the beginning of the first sentence,” said Brady. “I was able to find my way around the end of the first sentence, but unfortunately got broken, was a bit frustrated and lost the first sentence

“I found my way in the second set and just played more aggressively on my terms. I think towards the end of the third round I really got dialed in, Tunnelblick, just kept going and played aggressively”

“She’s smart,” Brady said. “She wants to go forward, has an all-court game. She’s really athletic I hope it’ll be a good, competitive game Yeah, I’m looking forward to it”

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