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Jessica Pegula
Jessica Pegula
2021-06 Jessica Pegula (cropped).jpg
Pegula at the 2021 Bad Homburg Open
Country (sports) United States
Born (1994-02-24) February 24, 1994 (age 27)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachDavid Witt (2019- )
Prize moneyUS$ 2,275,943
Singles
Career record278-184 (60.2%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 25 (21 June 2021)
Current rankingNo. 25 (21 June 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (2021)
French Open3R (2021)
Wimbledon2R (2021)
US Open3R (2020)
Doubles
Career record144-96 (60.0%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 55 (17 May 2021)
Current rankingNo. 57 (14 June 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2020)
French OpenQF (2020)
Wimbledon3R (2021)
US Open3R (2011)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2021)
Last updated on: 14 June 2021.

Jessica Pegula (born February 24, 1994) is an American professional tennis player. Pegula has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 26 achieved on 14 June 2021, and career-high doubles ranking of world No. 55 achieved on May 17, 2021.

Personal life and background

Pegula is of part Korean descent; she is the older daughter of a South Korean mother, Kim Pegula and the middle daughter of American professional sports investor and natural gas tycoon Terry Pegula. Pegula resides in West Palm Beach, FL. In August 2016, it was announced that Pegula and her sister would be opening a quick serve restaurant called Healthy Scratch in LECOM Harborcenter, an ice hockey themed mixed-use development owned by her parents in Buffalo, New York.[1] The Healthy Scratch business was to be expanded to food truck service in 2017.[2] In 2017, Pegula introduced her own skincare line called Ready 24.[3]

Career

On August 30, 2011, Pegula was granted a wildcard exemption into the main draw of the US Open doubles tournament where she was paired with Taylor Townsend. They eventually lost in the third round to the third-seeded team of Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova.

In March 2012, Pegula was given a wildcard to the qualifying draw in Indian Wells, and surprised higher ranked players Bojana Jovanovski and Paula Ormaechea to qualify for the main draw where she lost to Magdaléna Rybáriková in three sets.

2015: Grand Slam singles debut and first second round the US Open

Pegula made her Grand Slam singles debut at the 2015 US Open as a qualifier. She defeated Shuko Aoyama, Margarita Gasparyan and Melanie Oudin to reach the main draw where she beat Alison Van Uytvanck in the first round. In the second, Pegula was defeated by Dominika Cibulkova, in three sets.

2018: First WTA final and top 125 year-end ranking

In 2018, Pegula reached her first WTA singles final at the Tournoi de Québec in September as a qualifier. She beat Kristýna Plí?ková, Ons Jabeur, second seed Petra Marti? and fifth seed Sofia Kenin en route to the final,[4] where she lost to eighth seed Pauline Parmentier in straight sets. This brought her ranking back inside the top 200 and helped her finish the year inside the top 125.

2019: First WTA title and top 100 year-end ranking

Pegula began the year primarily playing on the ITF Circuit, before cracking inside the top 100 in February for the first time in her career. This allowed her to enter several larger WTA Tour events, including in Indian Wells and Miami. Her best result during the early clay court season came in Charleston, where she upset world No. 12, Anastasija Sevastova,[5] en-route to the third round. This helped her break inside the top 75 for the first time. She also competed in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament other than the US Open for the first time. She was defeated in the first round of the French Open by eventual champion Ashleigh Barty before falling in the same stage at Wimbledon to Mihaela Buz?rnescu.

Pegula achieved the best result of her career at the start of the North American hardcourt season when she won her first WTA career singles title at the Washington Open, defeating Camila Giorgi in the final.[6] This took her to a new career-high ranking of world no. 55. Despite failing to win another main draw match the rest of the season, Pegula finished the year ranked inside the top 100 for the first time, at No. 76.

2020: ASB Classic finalist and first third round of a Grand Slam at the US Open

Jessica started her 2020 tennis season in Auckland at the ASB Classic. She defeated CiCi Bellis in the first round. She followed this up with two more straight set victories over Tamara Zidan?ek and Alizé Cornet to reach the semifinals. In the semi-finals, she beat Caroline Wozniacki in three sets to advance to her third career WTA singles final. Facing off against compatriot and 23-time Grand Slam singles winner Serena Williams for the first time, Pegula lost in straight sets.[7] She then competed at the Australian Open for the first time, where she was defeated by another American, Taylor Townsend, in straight sets in the first round.

Pegula's next big triumph came at the Western & Southern Open, a Premier 5 tournament. Having already beaten two Russians to qualify for the main draw, she opened her campaign with a straight sets win over American Jennifer Brady followed by a win over another countrywoman, 2019 French Open semifinalist Amanda Anisimova. She then caused a huge upset by defeating fifth seed and world No. 11, Aryna Sabalenka,[8] in the third round, thus advancing to her first quarterfinal at any WTA Premier level event. Her run came to an end with a straight-sets loss to 14th seed Elise Mertens.[9] This took her ranking back inside the top 65.

At the US Open, Pegula recovered from a set down to record her first Grand Slam main-draw win since the 2015 US Open, defeating Marie Bouzková in a third-set tiebreak. She then beat Kirsten Flipkens to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time, where she lost to sixth seed and former world No. 2, Petra Kvitová.[10]

2021: First Grand Slam quarterfinal and top 30 ranking

Pegula attained major success at the Australian Open, defeating former Australian Open champion and 12th seed Victoria Azarenka, Kristina Mladenovic, former US Open champion Samantha Stosur and fifth seed Elina Svitolina to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal[11] where she lost to eventual runner-up Jennifer Brady despite winning the first set. This strong showing at the Australian Open in February allowed Pegula to enter the top 50 for the first time and took her to a new career-high ranking of world No. 43.[12]

Later in April she achieved another career-high of world No. 32 after reaching the semifinals at the Qatar Open as a qualifier where she lost to the eventual champion Petra Kvitova[13][14] and a fourth round run as a seeded player at the 2021 Miami Open losing to Maria Sakkari in a tight three set match. Her third round win over Karolína Plí?ková in Miami was the third win in a row in three tournaments over the same player.[15]

In May, at the Italian Open where she participated for the first time, she recorded the biggest victory of her career over world No. 2 Naomi Osaka in the second round. This was her fifth top 10 win in 2021 and in her career.[16] She next prevailed over Ekaterina Alexandrova to set up a quarterfinal with Petra Martic. Thanks to this great showing at her second Masters 1000 quarterfinal in 2021, after the one at 2021 Dubai Tennis Championships, she entered the top 30 for the first time.

In June at the Berlin Open, Pegula reached the quarterfinals defeating for the fourth time Karolína Plí?ková in their fourth in a row meeting in 2021.

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in win-loss records.[17]

Singles

Current through Tennis at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Doubles

Tournament 2011 2012 ... 2015 2016 ... 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1-2 100%
French Open A A A A 3R QF 2R 0 / 3 6-3 67%
Wimbledon A A A A 1R NH 3R 0 / 2 2-2 50%
US Open 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 6 4-6 40%
Win-Loss 2-1 1-1 0-1 0-1 2-3 5-3 3-3 0 / 13 13-13 50%
WTA 1000
Dubai / Qatar Open[n 1] A A A A A A SF 0 / 1 3-1 75%
Miami Open A A A A A NH QF 0 / 1 2-1 67%
Madrid Open A A A A A NH 2R 0 / 1 1-1 50%
Italian Open A A A A A NH 1R 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Canadian Open A A A A A NH 0 / 0 0-0 0%
Cincinnati Open A A A A 2R QF 0 / 2 3-2 60%

Notes

  1. ^ a b The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Total Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009-2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012-2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status.
  2. ^ In 2014, the Toray Pan Pacific Open was downgraded to a Premier event and replaced by the Wuhan Open.
  3. ^ 2009: WTA ranking-922, tournaments-0, win-loss 0-0. 2010: WTA ranking-855, tournaments-0, win-loss 0-0.

WTA career finals

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
Premier M. & Premier 5 (0-0)
Premier (0-0)
International (1-2)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Sep 2018 Tournoi de Québec, Canada International Carpet (i) France Pauline Parmentier 5-7, 2-6
Win 1-1 Aug 2019 Washington Open, United States International Hard Italy Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2
Loss 1-2 Jan 2020 Auckland Open, New Zealand International Hard United States Serena Williams 3-6, 4-6

WTA 125K series finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result W-L    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jan 2019 Newport Beach Challenger, United States Hard Canada Bianca Andreescu 6-0, 4-6, 2-6

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Result W-L    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Nov 2018 Houston Challenger, United States Hard United States Maegan Manasse United States Desirae Krawczyk
Mexico Giuliana Olmos
1-6, 6-4, [10-8]
Loss 1-1 Mar 2020 Indian Wells Challenger, United States Hard United States Caty McNally United States Asia Muhammad
United States Taylor Townsend
4-6, 4-6

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 6 (6 runner-ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0-4)
Clay (0-2)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jan 2011 ITF Lutz, United States 25,000 Clay Germany Laura Siegemund 7-6(4), 1-6, 2-6
Loss 0-2 May 2012 ITF Sacramento, United States 50,000 Hard United States Maria Sanchez 6-4, 3-6, 1-6
Loss 0-3 Aug 2012 Vancouver Open, Canada 100,000 Hard United States Mallory Burdette 3-6, 0-6
Loss 0-4 Mar 2018 ITF Tampa, United States 15,000 Clay United States Katerina Stewart 2-6, 3-6
Loss 0-5 Jul 2018 ITF Honolulu, United States 60,000 Hard Japan Nao Hibino 0-6, 2-6
Loss 0-6 Feb 2019 ITF Midland, United States 100,000 Hard (i) United States Caty McNally 2-6, 4-6

Doubles: 17 (7 titles, 10 runner-ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (6-8)
Clay (1-2)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Oct 2011 Challenger de Saguenay, Canada 50,000 Hard (i) Hungary Tímea Babos Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
Canada Marie-Ève Pelletier
6-4, 6-3
Loss 1-1 Nov 2011 ITF Toronto, Canada 50,000 Hard (i) Hungary Tímea Babos Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
Canada Marie-Ève Pelletier
5-7, 7-6(5), [4-10]
Loss 1-2 Jan 2012 ITF Plantation, United States 25,000 Clay United States Ahsha Rolle Colombia Catalina Castano
France Laura Thorpe
4-6, 2-6
Win 2-2 Apr 2012 ITF Dothan, United States 50,000 Clay Canada Eugenie Bouchard Canada Sharon Fichman
Canada Marie-Ève Pelletier
6-4, 4-6, [10-5]
Win 3-2 May 2012 ITF Gifu, Japan 50,000 Hard China Zheng Saisai Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
Chinese Taipei Hsu Wen-hsin
6-4, 3-6, [10-4]
Loss 3-3 Nov 2012 ITF Toronto, Canada 50,000 Hard (i) Canada Eugenie Bouchard Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
2-6, 6-7(2)
Loss 3-4 Nov 2013 ITF Toronto, Canada 50,000 Hard (i) United States Melanie Oudin United States Victoria Duval
Canada Françoise Abanda
6-7(5), 6-2, [9-11]
Loss 3-5 Jan 2016 ITF Maui, United States 50,000 Hard United States Taylor Townsend United States Asia Muhammad
United States Maria Sanchez
2-6, 6-3, [6-10]
Loss 3-6 Feb 2016 ITF Rancho Santa Fe, U.S. 25,000 Hard Canada Carol Zhao United States Asia Muhammad
United States Taylor Townsend
3-6, 4-6
Loss 3-7 May 2016 ITF Indian Harbour Beach, U.S. 75,000 Clay United States Maria Sanchez Israel Julia Glushko
Russia Alexandra Panova
5-7, 4-6
Win 4-7 Oct 2017 ITF Sumter, United States 25,000 Hard United States Taylor Townsend United States Alexandra Mueller
United States Caitlin Whoriskey
4-6, 7-5, [10-5]
Win 5-7 Nov 2017 ITF Tyler, United States 80,000 Hard United States Taylor Townsend United States Jamie Loeb
Sweden Rebecca Peterson
6-4, 6-1
Loss 5-8 Nov 2017 ITF Waco, United States 80,000 Hard United States Taylor Townsend United States Sofia Kenin
Russia Anastasiya Komardina
5-7, 7-5, [9-11]
Loss 5-9 Feb 2018 ITF Midland, United States 100,000 Hard (i) United States Maria Sanchez United States Kaitlyn Christian
United States Sabrina Santamaria
5-7, 6-4, [8-10]
Loss 5-10 Apr 2018 ITF Indian Harbour Beach, U.S. 60,000 Hard United States Maria Sanchez Romania Irina Bara
Spain Sílvia Soler Espinosa
4-6, 2-6
Win 6-10 Jul 2018 ITF Honolulu, United States 60,000 Hard Japan Misaki Doi United States Tayler Johnson
United States Ashley Lahey
7-6(4), 6-3
Win 7-10 Oct 2018 ITF Macon, United States 80,000 Hard United States Caty McNally Kazakhstan Anna Danilina
United States Ingrid Neel
6-1, 5-7, [11-9]

WTA Tour career earnings

As of 10 May 2021

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
2015 0 0 0 135,912 162
2016 0 0 0 111,141 179
2017 0 0 0 ? ?
2018 0 0 0 85,622 240
2019 0 1 1 394,451 108
2020 0 0 0 455,531 46
2021 0 0 0 557,129 9
Career 0 1 1 1,921,348 261

Top 10 wins

Season 2021 Total
Wins 6 6
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score JPR
2021
1. Ukraine Elina Svitolina No. 5 Australian Open Hard 4R 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 No. 61
2. Czech Republic Karolína Plí?ková No. 6 Qatar Open Hard QF 6-3, 6-1 No. 44
3. Czech Republic Karolína Plí?ková No. 6 Dubai Championships, UAE Hard 3R 6-0, 6-2 No. 36
4. Czech Republic Karolína Plí?ková No. 6 Miami Open, United States Hard 3R 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 No. 33
5. Japan Naomi Osaka No. 2 Italian Open Clay 2R 7-6(2), 6-2 No. 31
6. Czech Republic Karolína Plí?ková No. 10 Berlin Open, Germany Grass 2R 7-5, 6-2 No. 26

World TeamTennis

Pegula made her World TeamTennis debut in 2020 joining the Orlando Storm at the start of the season, which was played at The Greenbrier.[18]

Pegula emerged as one of the top players in the WTT 2020 season. After the dismissal of Danielle Collins, Pegula went on to play women's singles, women's doubles with Darija Jurak, and mixed doubles with Ken Skupski and Tennys Sandgren. She posted a strong 9-2 record in singles to help the Storm earn a No. 3 seed in the WTT Playoffs. The Storm would ultimately fall to the Chicago Smash in the semifinals.

References

  1. ^ Fink, James (2016-08-11). "Pegula daughters to open Healthy Scratch in HarborCenter". Buffalo Business First. The Business Journals. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Fink, James (2017-03-20). "Healthy Scratch food truck hitting the streets". Buffalo Business First. The Business Journals. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Clair Maciel (September 2, 2020). "Getting to Know: Jessica Pegula". US Open. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ WTA Staff (September 15, 2018). "Pegula rallies past Kenin to reach first career final". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Stephanie Livaudais (April 3, 2019). "The 100 Club: Jessica Pegula rises through adversity in Charleston". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ Juzwiak, Jason (2019-08-04). "'This is what you work for': Pegula romps to first WTA singles title at Citi Open". WTA Tennis. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Stephanie Livaudais (January 12, 2020). "Serena ends trophy wait in Auckland, fights past Pegula in final". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Pegula sinks Sabalenka to seal Cincy quarterfinals". WTA Tennis. August 25, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ Alex Macpherson (August 26, 2020). "Mertens speeds past Pegula to make Cincinnati semis". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ WTA Staff (September 5, 2020). "Kvitova powers past Pegula into US Open round of 16". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2021 - ELINA SVITOLINA STUNNED AS JESSICA PEGULA REACHES LAST EIGHT WITH UPSET WIN". Eurosport. Retrieved 2021.
  12. ^ https://lastwordonsports.com/tennis/2021/02/16/jessica-pegula-australian-open/
  13. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tennis-roundup/wta-roundup-jessica-pegula-reaches-qatar-semis-with-upset-idUSKCN2AW2UG
  14. ^ https://www.wtatennis.com/tournament/1003/doha/2021/draws
  15. ^ https://www.wtatennis.com/news/2079181/pegula-scores-hat-trick-over-pliskova-sorribes-tormo-outlasts-rybakina-in-miami
  16. ^ https://www.wtatennis.com/news/2139126/pegula-shocks-osaka-barty-pliskova-book-round-of-16-slots-in-rome
  17. ^ "Player & career overview".
  18. ^ "World TeamTennis Adds Stars Tiafoe, Puig, Roanic, Bouchard, & Sock As Rosters Set For 2020". WTT.com. June 16, 2020.

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