Jessica Pegula

Jessica Pegula (born February 24, 1994) is an American professional tennis player.

Jessica Pegula
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Pegula at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) United States
Born (1994-02-24) February 24, 1994 (age 26)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2009
PlaysRight (two-handed backhand)
CoachDavid Witt
Prize moneyUS$1,073,944
Career record253–172 (59.5%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 55 (August 5, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 63 (August 31, 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2020)
French Open1R (2019, 2020)
Wimbledon1R (2019)
US Open3R (2020)
Career record125–81 (60.7%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 92 (February 25,2013)
Current rankingNo. 115 (March 16, 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2020)
French OpenQF (2020)
US Open3R (2011)
Last updated on: September 3, 2020.


On August 30, 2011, Pegula was granted a wild card 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 as a qualifier. She beat Kristýna Plíšková, Ons Jabeur, second seed Petra Martić 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.

2019: First WTA TitleEdit

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 enroute 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 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 Buzărnescu.

Pegula achieved the best result of her career at the start of the North American hard court season when she won her first career WTA singles title at the Washington Open, defeating Camila Giorgi in the final.[1] 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 FinalistEdit

Jessica started her 2020 tennis season in Auckland at the 2020 ASB Classic. She defeated CiCi Bellis in the first round. She followed this up with two more straight set victories over Tamara Zidanšek and Alize Cornet to reach the semi-finals. 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 for the first time, where she will face sixth seed and former World No. 2 Petra Kvitová.

Personal lifeEdit

The oldest daughter of Kim Pegula and the middle daughter of professional sports investor and natural gas tycoon Terry Pegula, Pegula resides in Charleston, South Carolina. 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.[2] The Healthy Scratch business was to be expanded to food truck service in 2017.[3] In 2018, Pegula introduced her own skincare line called Ready 24.[citation needed]

Performance timelinesEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification 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 and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records.


Current through the 2020 US Open.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments[4]
Australian Open A A Q1 A A Q2 A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
French Open A A Q2 A Q3 Q1 A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A A Q1 A Q3 Q2 A A 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open Q2 Q2 A A 2R 1R Q1 Q3 1R 3R 0 / 4 3–4 43%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 2–2 0 / 6 3–7 30%
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A 1R Q1 A Q1 Q1 A A 2R NH 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Miami Open A A A A A A A A 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A Q2 NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
China Open A A A A A A A A 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Premier 5 tournaments
Canadian Open A A Q1 A A A A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Cincinnati Open A A A A A Q1 A A 1R QF 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Open[2] A A A A A A A A 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Career statistics[5]
Tournaments 0 2 4 0 4 3 1 1 13 5 Career total: 33
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Career total: 1
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 Career total: 3
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 2–4 0–0 2–4 5–3 0–1 4–1 9–13 10–5 1 / 33 32–33 49%
Year-end ranking[3] 288 147 206 775 151 165 632 125 76 $1,019,304


  • 1 The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Open since 2009. The Dubai Championships were classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by the Qatar Open for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, the Dubai Championships regained its Premier 5 status while the Qatar Open was demoted to Premier status. The two tournaments have since alternated status every year.
  • 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 finalsEdit

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

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & 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)   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

WTA 125K series finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

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

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

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

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (6 runner–ups)Edit

$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   Laura Siegemund 7–6(7–4), 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 ITF Vancouver, 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

Doubles: 17 (7 titles, 10 runner–ups)Edit

$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 ITF Saguenay, Canada 50,000 Hard (i)   Tímea Babos   Gabriela Dabrowski
  Marie-Ève Pelletier
6–4, 6–3
Loss 1–1 Nov 2011 ITF Toronto, Canada 50,000 Hard (i)   Tímea Babos   Gabriela Dabrowski
  Marie-Ève Pelletier
5–7, 7–6(7–5), [4–10]
Loss 1–2 Jan 2012 ITF Plantation, United States 25,000 Clay   Ahsha Rolle   Catalina Castano
  Laura Thorpe
4–6, 2–6
Win 2–2 Apr 2012 ITF Dothan, United States 50,000 Clay   Eugenie Bouchard   Sharon Fichman
  Marie-Ève Pelletier
6–4, 4–6, [10–5]
Win 3–2 May 2012 ITF Gifu, Japan 50,000 Hard   Zheng Saisai   Chan Chin-wei
  Hsu Wen-hsin
6–4, 3–6, [10–4]
Loss 3–3 Nov 2012 ITF Toronto, Canada 50,000 Hard (i)   Eugenie Bouchard   Gabriela Dabrowski
  Alla Kudryavtseva
2–6, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 3–4 Nov 2013 ITF Toronto, Canada 50,000 Hard (i)   Melanie Oudin   Victoria Duval
  Françoise Abanda
6–7(5–7), 6–2, [9–11]
Loss 3–5 Jan 2016 ITF Maui, United States 50,000 Hard   Taylor Townsend   Asia Muhammad
  Maria Sanchez
2–6, 6–3, [6–10]
Loss 3–6 Feb 2016 ITF Rancho Santa Fe, United States 25,000 Hard   Carol Zhao   Asia Muhammad
  Taylor Townsend
3–6, 4–6
Loss 3–7 May 2016 ITF Indian Harbour Beach, United States 75,000 Clay   Maria Sanchez   Julia Glushko
  Alexandra Panova
5–7, 4–6
Win 4–7 Oct 2017 ITF Sumter, United States 25,000 Hard   Taylor Townsend   Alexandra Mueller
  Caitlin Whoriskey
4–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Win 5–7 Nov 2017 ITF Tyler, United States 80,000 Hard   Taylor Townsend   Jamie Loeb
  Rebecca Peterson
6–4, 6–1
Loss 5–8 Nov 2017 ITF Waco, United States 80,000 Hard   Taylor Townsend   Sofia Kenin
  Anastasiya Komardina
5–7, 7–5, [9–11]
Loss 5–9 Feb 2018 ITF Midland, United States 100,000 Hard (i)   Maria Sanchez   Kaitlyn Christian
  Sabrina Santamaria
5–7, 6–4, [8–10]
Loss 5–10 Apr 2018 ITF Indian Harbour Beach, United States 60,000 Hard   Maria Sanchez   Irina Bara
  Sílvia Soler Espinosa
4–6, 2–6
Win 6–10 Jul 2018 ITF Honolulu, United States 60,000 Hard   Misaki Doi   Tayler Johnson
  Ashley Lahey
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Win 7–10 Oct 2018 ITF Macon, United States 80,000 Hard   Caty McNally   Anna Danilina
  Ingrid Neel
6–1, 5–7, [11–9]

World TeamTennisEdit

Pegula will be making her World TeamTennis debut in 2020, and will be joining the Orlando Storm at the start of the season, beginning July 12 at The Greenbrier.[6]

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.


  1. ^ Juzwiak, Jason (2019-08-04). "'This is what you work for': Pegula romps to first WTA singles title at Citi Open". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  2. ^ Fink, James (2016-08-11). "Pegula daughters to open Healthy Scratch in HarborCenter". Buffalo Business First. The Business Journals. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  3. ^ Fink, James (2017-03-20). "Healthy Scratch food truck hitting the streets". Buffalo Business First. The Business Journals. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  4. ^ "Grand Slam performances - Singles & Doubles".
  5. ^ "Player & career overview".
  6. ^ "World TeamTennis Adds Stars Tiafoe, Puig, Roanic, Bouchard, & Sock As Rosters Set For 2020". June 16, 2020.

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