Australian Open 2024: Top seed Jessica Pegula crashes out of the season's first Grand Slam

USA's Jessica Pegula suffered an embarrassing second-round defeat in the Australian Open 2024 to crash out of the season's first Grand Slam on Thursday.

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Australian Open 2024: Top seed Jessica Pegula crashes out of the season's first Grand Slam

Jessica Pegula suffered an embarrassing second-round defeat in the Australian Open 2024. Image- CNN

5th seed Jessica Pegula has been eliminated from the Australian Open 2024 after losing in the second round to 22-year-old Clara Burel of France.

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Jessica Pegula suffered an embarrassing second-round defeat in the Australian Open 2024. Image- CNN
Jessica Pegula suffered an embarrassing second-round defeat in the Australian Open 2024. Image- CNN

On the 5th day of the Grand Slam, Pegula had to face defeat in straight sets from Burel 6-4, 6-2. World-ranked 51st player Burel entered the third round of the Australian Open for the first time, achieving the biggest win of her career.

At the same time, World number six player Alexander Zverev has reached the third round of Australian Open 2024 in men's singles with a thrilling win on Thursday. World number-1 female tennis player Iga Swiatek has also reached the third round.

Germany's star tennis player Alexander Zverev defeated Slovakia's qualifier Lukáš Klein in five sets in the second-round match that lasted four and a half hours at the Margaret Court Arena. Sixth-seeded Zverev defeated 163rd-ranked player Lukas 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.

This was the second Grand Slam of Lukas's career, he does not even have a coach. Earlier, Zverev started his Australian Open 2024 campaign by defeating compatriot Dominic Koepfer.

Meanwhile, WTA World No. 1 Iga Swiatek defeated Danielle Collins to stay alive in the Australian Open 2024. The Polish world number one was up a set and a break in her second-round match before faltering badly and slipping to a 4-1 deficit in the deciding set. But just as she appeared to be heading home, she reeled off five straight games to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and extend her winning run to 18 matches.

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The total prize money of this year's Australian Open 2024 is Rs 481.2 crore. This year the prize money increased by 13 percent as compared to last year. The winner of men's and women's singles will get around Rs 17.50 crore. There is different prize money at each stage for all categories in the tournament.

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