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Brady, Pegula trade on-camera notes after AO wins
Published Feb 17, 2021
Americans Jessica Pegula and Jennifer Brady are making huge waves at the Australian Open. In the fourht round, Brady took Donna Vekic in straight sets, while Pegula posted her first-ever Top-10 win over Elina Svitolina. Now the two friends will face each other for a spot in the semifinasl.
Pegula who finished her win before Brady, grabbed a blue marker to write on the on-court camera lens, a tradition for winners at the Australian Open. She wrote: "Hi mom and dad. See you next round Jen B."
"Well maybe I shouldn't have wrote see you next round, but I was trying to be positive," Pegula told Tennis Channel moments later.
The note wasn't Pegula's first to Brady, having written this days prior.
Both players have come a long way. Brady recently reached her first major semifinal at last year's US Open, and this is just Pegula's second main-draw appearance Down Under. Their quarterfinal clash will be their second careering meeting with Pegula topping Brady in the first round of the Western & Southern Open last summer.
It's great to see their friendship is blossoming with Brady smoothly having an on-camera answer for Pegula after her win over Vekic.
The world No. 24 said she loves giving Pegula and her friends a hard time, although one would never expect that based on her reserved personality in press. She's more comfortable cracking jokes behind the scenes and online.
"I categorize myself as a troll on the internet," the 25-year-old said. "I like to give people sh*t, excuse my language, but I'm always down for a laugh and to have a good time. Hopefully I won't bore you anymore."
Brady lost to Pegula in their bout last year in straight sets, but she will be hungry to claim a spot in her second-ever Grand Slam semifinal. They will square off on Wednesday in Melbourne.
Hear more from Pegula on a recent episode of the TENNIS.com Podcast: