Australian Open 2023: Jessica Pegula vs. Victoria Azarenka Tennis Pick and Prediction

Australian Open 2023: Jessica Pegula vs. Victoria Azarenka Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2023 Australian Open as Jessica Pegula takes on Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinal on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

Two-time former champion Victoria Azarenka is on a mission at this year’s Australian Open. But USA’s top-ranked Jessica Pegula is looking to scale the quarterfinal hurdle at a Grand Slam for the first time. Who will prevail?

Jessica Pegula is looking unstoppable at the 2023 Australian Open. After suffering heartbreak at the quarterfinals stage in each of her last two visits to Melbourne, Pegula enters Tuesday’s last-eight showdown against Victoria Azarenka as the odds-on favorite. The American is at the peak of her powers and has not dropped a set en route to the quarterfinal this time. Pegula eased past 2021 French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova 7-5 6-2 and is the highest seed remaining in the draw.

Victoria Azarenka, meanwhile, came from behind to defeat China’s Zhu Lin – the conqueror of Maria Sakkari. Ten years on from her second title at the Australian Open, Azarenka’s hunger has not diminished in the slightest. And at 33, is still as competitive and motivated as when she won the title here a decade ago. Will she avenge her last defeat to Jessica Pegula in Guadalajara?

Jessica Pegula and Victoria Azarenka are tied at 2-2 in their head-to-head. On hard courts, however, it is 2-1 Pegula, winning the aforementioned bout in Guadalajara towards the end of last year. Pegula is at the top of her game and a major contender to win the Australian Open, while Azarenka is not very much so. But I still expect the Belarusian former No. 1 to give the American a tough battle, potentially stealing a set off the third seed.

Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Jessica Pegula in 3 sets

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