Jessica Pegula is a professional tennis player from the United States. She was born on February 24, 1994, in Buffalo, New York. She is the daughter of Terry and Kim Pegula, who are prominent businesspeople and owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres sports teams.
Pegula started playing tennis at a young age and was homeschooled to allow her more time to practice. She turned pro in 2013 and started playing on the ITF circuit. In 2016, she reached her first WTA final at the Citi Open in Washington D.C., but lost to Yanina Wickmayer.
In 2019, Pegula reached the third round of the Australian Open, which was her best Grand Slam result at the time. She also won her first WTA singles title in the same year at the Citi Open. In 2020, she reached the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open and the US Open.
Pegula had a breakthrough performance at the 2021 Australian Open, where she reached the quarterfinals after defeating former champion Victoria Azarenka and fifth seed Elina Svitolina. She eventually lost to Jennifer Brady in the quarterfinals. Her performance at the Australian Open helped her reach a career-high ranking of World No. 27.
In addition to her singles success, Pegula has also had success in doubles. She won her first WTA doubles title at the 2018 Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City.
Off the court, Pegula is involved in various philanthropic endeavors. She founded the “Pegula Family Foundation” with her family to support charitable organizations and causes in Western New York.
Overall, Jessica Pegula is a rising star in women’s tennis and continues to make a name for herself with her impressive performances on the court.