|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||February 24, 1994|
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Coach||David Witt (2019- )|
|Prize money||US$ 2,275,943|
|Career record||278-184 (60.2%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 25 (21 June 2021)|
|Current ranking||No. 25 (21 June 2021)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2021)|
|French Open||3R (2021)|
|US Open||3R (2020)|
|Career record||144-96 (60.0%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 55 (17 May 2021)|
|Current ranking||No. 57 (14 June 2021)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2020)|
|French Open||QF (2020)|
|US Open||3R (2011)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|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.
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. The Healthy Scratch business was to be expanded to food truck service in 2017. In 2017, Pegula introduced her own skincare line called Ready 24.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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, 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. 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.
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. 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, 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. 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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.
Current through Tennis at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
|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%|
|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%|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)|
|Premier M. & Premier 5 (0-0)|
|Loss||0-1||Sep 2018||Tournoi de Québec, Canada||International||Carpet (i)||Pauline Parmentier||5-7, 2-6|
|Win||1-1||Aug 2019||Washington Open, United States||International||Hard||Camila Giorgi||6-2, 6-2|
|Loss||1-2||Jan 2020||Auckland Open, New Zealand||International||Hard||Serena Williams||3-6, 4-6|
|Loss||0-1||Jan 2019||Newport Beach Challenger, United States||Hard||Bianca Andreescu||6-0, 4-6, 2-6|
|Win||1-0||Nov 2018||Houston Challenger, United States||Hard||Maegan Manasse|| Desirae Krawczyk
|1-6, 6-4, [10-8]|
|Loss||1-1||Mar 2020||Indian Wells Challenger, United States||Hard||Caty McNally|| Asia Muhammad
|Loss||0-1||Jan 2011||ITF Lutz, United States||25,000||Clay||Laura Siegemund||7-6(4), 1-6, 2-6|
|Loss||0-2||May 2012||ITF Sacramento, United States||50,000||Hard||Maria Sanchez||6-4, 3-6, 1-6|
|Loss||0-3||Aug 2012||Vancouver Open, Canada||100,000||Hard||Mallory Burdette||3-6, 0-6|
|Loss||0-4||Mar 2018||ITF Tampa, United States||15,000||Clay||Katerina Stewart||2-6, 3-6|
|Loss||0-5||Jul 2018||ITF Honolulu, United States||60,000||Hard||Nao Hibino||0-6, 2-6|
|Loss||0-6||Feb 2019||ITF Midland, United States||100,000||Hard (i)||Caty McNally||2-6, 4-6|
|Win||1-0||Oct 2011||Challenger de Saguenay, Canada||50,000||Hard (i)||Tímea Babos|| Gabriela Dabrowski
|Loss||1-1||Nov 2011||ITF Toronto, Canada||50,000||Hard (i)||Tímea Babos|| Gabriela Dabrowski
|5-7, 7-6(5), [4-10]|
|Loss||1-2||Jan 2012||ITF Plantation, United States||25,000||Clay||Ahsha Rolle|| Catalina Castano
|Win||2-2||Apr 2012||ITF Dothan, United States||50,000||Clay||Eugenie Bouchard|| Sharon Fichman
|6-4, 4-6, [10-5]|
|Win||3-2||May 2012||ITF Gifu, Japan||50,000||Hard||Zheng Saisai|| Chan Chin-wei
|6-4, 3-6, [10-4]|
|Loss||3-3||Nov 2012||ITF Toronto, Canada||50,000||Hard (i)||Eugenie Bouchard|| Gabriela Dabrowski
|Loss||3-4||Nov 2013||ITF Toronto, Canada||50,000||Hard (i)||Melanie Oudin|| Victoria Duval
|6-7(5), 6-2, [9-11]|
|Loss||3-5||Jan 2016||ITF Maui, United States||50,000||Hard||Taylor Townsend|| Asia Muhammad
|2-6, 6-3, [6-10]|
|Loss||3-6||Feb 2016||ITF Rancho Santa Fe, U.S.||25,000||Hard||Carol Zhao|| Asia Muhammad
|Loss||3-7||May 2016||ITF Indian Harbour Beach, U.S.||75,000||Clay||Maria Sanchez|| Julia Glushko
|Win||4-7||Oct 2017||ITF Sumter, United States||25,000||Hard||Taylor Townsend|| Alexandra Mueller
|4-6, 7-5, [10-5]|
|Win||5-7||Nov 2017||ITF Tyler, United States||80,000||Hard||Taylor Townsend|| Jamie Loeb
|Loss||5-8||Nov 2017||ITF Waco, United States||80,000||Hard||Taylor Townsend|| Sofia Kenin
|5-7, 7-5, [9-11]|
|Loss||5-9||Feb 2018||ITF Midland, United States||100,000||Hard (i)||Maria Sanchez|| Kaitlyn Christian
|5-7, 6-4, [8-10]|
|Loss||5-10||Apr 2018||ITF Indian Harbour Beach, U.S.||60,000||Hard||Maria Sanchez|| Irina Bara
Sílvia Soler Espinosa
|Win||6-10||Jul 2018||ITF Honolulu, United States||60,000||Hard||Misaki Doi|| Tayler Johnson
|Win||7-10||Oct 2018||ITF Macon, United States||80,000||Hard||Caty McNally|| Anna Danilina
|6-1, 5-7, [11-9]|
As of 10 May 2021
|Earnings ($)||Money list rank|
|1.||Elina Svitolina||No. 5||Australian Open||Hard||4R||6-4, 3-6, 6-3||No. 61|
|2.||Karolína Plí?ková||No. 6||Qatar Open||Hard||QF||6-3, 6-1||No. 44|
|3.||Karolína Plí?ková||No. 6||Dubai Championships, UAE||Hard||3R||6-0, 6-2||No. 36|
|4.||Karolína Plí?ková||No. 6||Miami Open, United States||Hard||3R||6-1, 4-6, 6-4||No. 33|
|5.||Naomi Osaka||No. 2||Italian Open||Clay||2R||7-6(2), 6-2||No. 31|
|6.||Karolína Plí?ková||No. 10||Berlin Open, Germany||Grass||2R||7-5, 6-2||No. 26|
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.