Top seed Pegula into quarters vs. Azarenka, Navarro upset by Cristian

Top seed Pegula into quarters vs. Azarenka, Navarro upset by Cristian

Credit One Stadium, Credit One Charleston Open 2024 Credit One Charleston Open Day 4 at Credit One Stadium on April 02, 2024 in Charleston, South Carolina.

After a nail-biting first round, Jessica Pegula was in full flight on a windy Thursday afternoon at the Credit One Charleston Open.

The world No.5 didn’t face a break point in the 59-minute affair against Poland’s Magda Linette, winning 6-2 6-2 on Credit One Stadium and filling the first of eight quarterfinal spots.

She’ll meet former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka for a spot in the semifinals, the 34-year-old withstanding a two-hour, 46-minute battle against Taylor Townsend, 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4 on Althea Gibson Club Court.

Former champion Daria Kasatkina was in fine form, beating Anhelina Kalinina 6-1 6-4 on Court 3. While she was meant to meet No.10 seed and Charleston native Emma Navarro, Navarro couldn’t overcome a tricky Jaqueline Cristian, the Romanian who took out Madison Keys in the previous round.

The world No.83 beat Navarro 6-3 5-7 6-1 to earn her third career Top 20 victory – and second in a row.

On Tuesday night, Pegula needed a third-set tiebreak to overcome Amanda Anisimova in the second round. Things flowed much easier on Thursday, she said.

“Especially after having a really, really tough match where I felt like it had everything in it… it’s nice to get a quicker, easier win today,” Pegula said,

“Even though it wasn’t easy, it’s just mentally nice to know you can… feel good stepping off the court.”

2024 Charleston Open Emma Navarro Jaqueline Cristian Jessica Pegula Taylor Townsend Victoria Azarenka