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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Jessica Pegula considered leaving tennis after being sidelined by injury for long periods early in her career and the American said she is determined to make every second count at the Australian Open after reaching fourth. round on Saturday. Pegula, who makes her main draw debut at Melbourne Park, advanced with a 6-2 6-1 win over France’s Kristina Mladenovic on Saturday, setting up a meeting with fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina. His career was stalled by a series of knee and hip injuries, and he spent a year and a half recovering after undergoing surgery on his hip. “The last one, my hip, was definitely the hardest to get back,” Pegula told a news conference. “When I first realized that I was probably going to have surgery, I was depressed for a couple of days.” He didn’t even know if he wanted to go back. This was just going to be very difficult. I think I just got over it. I was like, whatever, I’m just going to fight again. “After spending so much time out of the game due to injury, Pegula said people thought he was still young. That young man. I think I’ll turn 27 by the end of this month. You are the young American. I’m not that young anymore, “he said.” I think because I went out at such crucial moments when I was younger, I feel like I got lost, and these are all new experiences. Maybe I would have come sooner. “.