Jessica Pegula is an American professional tennis player. She is a five-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist with two career titles to her name.
Name: Jessica Pegula
Born: February 24, 1994
Turned Pro: 2009
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Born in Buffalo, New York on February 24th, 1994, Jessica Pegula’s parents are the multi-billionaire owners of the NFL team Buffalo Bills and the NHL team Buffalo Sabres.
Pegula would make her Grand Slam debut at the 2011 US Open in the women’s doubles alongside Taylor Townsend. The pair would reach the third round before losing out to Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova.
Four years later, Pegula made her first appearance in the singles draw of a Grand Slam at the 2015 US Open. After defeating Alison Van Uytvanck in the first round, Pegula would suffer a second-round defeat to Dominika Cibulková.
Pegula won the first WTA singles title of her career at the 2019 Washington Open, defeating Camila Giorgi in the final and rising up to a career-high world ranking at the time of 55.
At the 2020 US Open, Pegula picked up her first Grand Slam win in five years thanks to a tiebreak victory over Marie Bouzková. In round two Pegula beat Kirsten Flipkens meaning she had progressed to round three of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career although she would go no further as she was defeated by sixth seed Petra Kvitová.
In a breakthrough performance, Pegula reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at the 2021 Australian Open. Wins over Victoria Azarenka, Samantha Stosur, Kristina Mladenovic and Elina Svitolina saw her reach the last eight although Jennifer Brady ended Pegula’s run at the quarter-final stage.
Continued improvement throughout 2021 saw Pegula steadily rise up the world rankings during the year, ending the year having broken into the top 20 for the first time in her career.
In 2022, Pegula repeated her feat of reaching the quarter-final at the Australian Open, this time it was the eventual champion, Ash Barty who ended her run.
A run to the quarter-finals would once again end in heartbreak for Pegula at Rolland Garros later that year. After wins over Wang Qiang, Anhelina Kalinina, Tamara Zidanšek and Irina-Camelia Begu, Pegula would be defeated by the eventual champion and number one seed, Iga Świątek 6-3, 6-2.
Following a run to the third round at Wimbledon, Pegula would rise to 7th in the world rankings and become the highest-ranked American on the WTA Tour.
Pegula’s first WTA 1000 title came at the 2022 Guadalajara Open, defeating fourth seed Maria Sakkari in straight sets in the final and becoming the first American woman to win a WTA 1000 title since Madison Keys in 2019.
For the third straight year, Pegula would reach the Australian Open quarter-finals in 2023 before suffering a straight-sets defeat to Victoria Azarenka.
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