Pegula, who is making her main draw debut at
Melbourne Park, advanced with a 6-2 6-1 victory over France's
Kristina Mladenovic on Saturday, setting up a meeting with fifth
seed Elina Svitolina.
Her career was stalled by a series of knee and hip injuries,
spending a year-and-a-half in recovery after having surgery on
"The last one, my hip, was definitely the hardest to come back
from," Pegula told a news conference. "When I first realised I
was probably going to have to get surgery, I was down and out
for a couple days.
"I didn't even know if I wanted to come back. This was just
going to be so hard. I think I just got over it. I was like,
whatever, I'm just going to fight through it again."
After spending so much time away from the game due to injury,
Pegula said people thought she was still young.
"I'm like, I'm not that young. I think I turn 27 later this
month. 'You're the young American.' I'm not that young any
more," she said.
"I think because I was out at such pivotal times when I was
younger, I do feel like I missed out, and these are all new
experiences. Maybe I would have gotten there sooner."
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter
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