As of July 18, 2022, Jessica Pegula is the best tennis player in the United States. As of that date, she was ranked No. 7 in the world by the WTA for singles. Her best WTA doubles rank was No. 6, which she got on August 29, 2022.
Pegula, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, is in the fourth round of the 2022 U.S. Open and will play 21st-seed Petra Kvitova on Labor Day.
The WTA challenger doubles champion has teamed up with the sports nutrition company Ready, according to the New York Post.
She is the first female athlete to represent the Ready brand. She joins NBA legend Giannis Antetokounmpo and NFL star Aaron Donald on the Ready team.
Kelly Pegula, one of Jessica Pegula’s four siblings, is her sister
Jessica Pegula, an American pro tennis player, has four brothers and sisters. Their names are Kelly, Matthew, Michael, and Lura Pegula.
Michale and Lura are her half-siblings. They are from her dad’s first marriage. Kelly, Matthew, and Jessica were all born to Terry and Kim Pegula, who were his second wife.
Kelly, Jessica’s sister, is a well-known fashion designer and a singer with a lot of potential. The Pegulas now live in the state of Florida.
In August 2016, it was announced that Pegula and her sister would run a quick-service restaurant called Healthy Scratch in LECOM Harborcenter. This is a building in Buffalo, New York, that has a hockey theme and is used for a variety of things.
In 2017, Healthy Scratch planned to have food trucks for hire. The 28-year-old woman started her skincare brand, Read 24, the same year.
Jessica and Taylor Townsend both got wild cards into the main draw of the US Open doubles tournament on August 30, 2011.
She spent most of 2019 playing on the ITF Circuit. In February, she was in the top 100 for the first time.
Terry and Kim Pegula are the parents of Jessica Pegula
Jessica Pegula was born to Terry Michael and Kim Pegula on February 24, 1994, in Buffalo, New York.
Her dad, Terry Michael, is an American businessman worth a billion dollars. He owns Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which is based in Buffalo.
In February 2011, Mr. Terry paid $189 million to buy Hockey Western New York LLC from Tom Golisano, Larry Quinn, and Dan DiPofi, who had owned it before.
Kim Pegula, Jessica’s mother, is best known for being one of the main owners of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. She is in charge of Pegula Sports and Entertainment as well.
Kim had an effect on the design and construction of LECOM Harborcenter, which is a mixed-use project close to the Sabres arena and part of the plan to improve downtown Buffalo.
Jessica, the tennis champion, is half Korean because her mother, Kim, was adopted by Ralph and Marilyn Kerr when she was five years old. Kim is from Seoul, South Korea, but she was taken in by Ralph and Marilyn when she was five.
How many kids does Taylor Gahagen and Jessica Pegula have?
Jessica Pegula, a tennis player, is married to Taylor Gahagen and they are very happy. Last year, they got married at the beautiful Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.
Their close friends, family members, and their three pets all came to their private wedding. Taylor, Pegula’s husband, helps animals in need and works as a business executive for Pegula Sports and Entertainment.
Taylor is also one of the people who started the charity group A Lending Paw, which helps dogs get rescued and fixed up so they can be adopted.
Gahagen took on senior roles in corporate development and brand strategy after working in the marketing department of Pegula’s NHL team.
There is no clear date when Jessica and Taylor started dating, but it is thought that they started around 2015. In December 2015, Jessica posted the first known photo of the two of them together on her Instagram account.
The cute couple doesn’t have any kids anymore because they’re more focused on their careers. In the meantime, Jessica has brought three cute dogs into their family.
In 2019, a small Australian Shepherd named Maddie won the Washington tournament. At the awards ceremony, she was the star of the show.
Her other two dogs are named Dexter, a black German Shepherd, and Tucker, a chocolate Labrador.
In 2021, they also gave some of the money they made from selling Ready 24 or NFT collection cards to groups and shelters that help dogs.
Terry and Kim Pegula own the NFL team the Buffalo Bills and the NHL team the Buffalo Sabres. Pegula is their daughter. Her mother was born in Seoul but was taken in by a different family when she was 5 years old. She has four brothers and sisters: Kelly, Matthew, Michael, and Laura, who are her father’s children from his first marriage.
In 2021, Pegula married Taylor Gahagen, who was a business executive for Pegula Sports and Entertainment and a person who helped animals for free.
In August 2016, it was announced that Pegula and her sister would open a quick-service restaurant called Healthy Scratch in Buffalo, New York. The restaurant would be in LECOM Harborcenter, a mixed-use building with an ice hockey theme that is owned by her parents. In 2017, Healthy Scratch was going to add food truck service to its business. In 2017, Pegula launched Ready 24, her own line of skin care products.
Pegula was given a wild card into the main draw of the US Open doubles tournament on August 30, 2011, where she played with Taylor Townsend. They lost in the third round to the team of Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, who were the third seeds.
In March 2012, Pegula was given a wildcard into the qualifying draw at Indian Wells. She beat higher-ranked players Bojana Jovanovski and Paula Ormaechea to get into the main draw, where she lost in three sets to Magdaléna Rybáriková.
2015: First win in a Grand Slam singles match
Pegula played her first Grand Slam singles match in 2015 at the US Open. She beat Shuko Aoyama, Margarita Gasparyan, and Melanie Oudin to get into the main draw. In the first round of the main draw, she beat Alison Van Uytvanck. In the second, Dominika Cibulková beat Pegula in three sets in the second match.
2018: First WTA final and in the top 125
In September 2018, Pegula reached her first WTA singles final as a qualifier at the Tournoi de Québec. She got to the final by beating Kristna Plková, Ons Jabeur, second seed Petra Marti, and fifth seed Sofia Kenin. In the final, she lost in straight sets to eighth seed Pauline Parmentier. This got her bac
k into the top 200 and helped her finish the year in the top 125.
First WTA title and top 100 in 2019
Pegula spent most of the first part of the year playing on the ITF Circuit. In February, she broke into the top 100 for the first time in her career. This gave her the chance to play in some of the bigger WTA Tour tournaments, like the ones in Indian Wells and Miami. In Charleston, she beat the No. 12 player in the world, Anastasija Sevastova, on her way to the third round. This was her best result on clay courts early in the season. This was the first time she got into the top 75. She also took part for the first time in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament that wasn’t the US Open. She lost in the first round of the French Open to Ashleigh Barty, who went on to win the tournament. At Wimbledon, Mihaela Buzărnescu beat her in the same round.
Pegula had the best year of her career when she won her first WTA singles title at the Washington Open, beating Camila Giorgi in the final. This was the start of the North American hardcourt season.
This made her world no. 55, which was a new high point in her career. Even though Pegula didn’t win another main draw match for the rest of the year, he was ranked No. 76, which was the first time he was in the top 100.
2020: Final of the Auckland Open, third round of the US Open
Jessica’s 2020 tennis season began at the Auckland Open. In the first round, she beat CiCi Bellis. She then beat Tamara Zidanek and Alizé Cornet in straight sets so she could move on to the semifinals. She beat Caroline Wozniacki in three sets to get to her third WTA singles final of her career. Pegula lost in straight sets when she played Serena Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles. She then played in the Australian Open for the first time. In the first round, she lost in straight sets to another American, Taylor Townsend.
The next big win for Pegula came at the Premier 5 Western & Southern Open. She had to beat two Russians to get into the main draw. She started her tournament by beating American Jennifer Brady in straight sets, and then she beat another Russian, Amanda Anisimova, who was in the semifinals of the 2019 French Open. Then, in the third round, she shocked everyone by beating Aryna Sabalenka, who was ranked 11th in the world and was the fifth seed. This was a huge upset, and it got her to her first quarterfinal at any WTA Premier level event. Elise Mertens, the 14th seed, beat her in straight sets, ending her run. This pushed her back up into the top 65.
Pegula beat Marie Bouzková in a third-set tiebreak to win her first Grand Slam main-draw match since the 2015 US Open. She had been down a set, but she came back and won. She then beat Kirsten Flipkens to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. There, she lost to Petra Kvitová, the sixth seed and former No. 2 in the world.
2021: First quarterfinal of a major event, top 20
Pegula had a lot of success at the Australian Open. She beat 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. With this strong performance at the Australian Open in February, Pegula broke into the top 50 for the first time and moved up to world No. 43, which was her new career high.
Later in April, she reached another career-high ranking of No. 32 after reaching the semifinals as a qualifier at the Qatar Open, where she lost to Petra Kvitová, the eventual winner, and the fourth round as a seed at the Miami Open, where she lost to Maria Sakkari in a close three-set match. Her win over Karolna Plková in the third round of the Miami tournament was her third straight win over the same player in three different tournaments.
In May, she played in the Italian Open for the first time. In the second round, she beat Naomi Osaka, the world’s No. 2 player, for her biggest win to date. This was her fifth win in the top ten in 2021 and her fifteenth overall. She then beat Ekaterina Alexandrova to set up a match with Petra Marti in the quarterfinals. She moved into the top 30 for the first time after this great performance at her second WTA 1000 quarterfinal in 2021, after the one in Dubai.
In June, she made it to the third round of the French Open for the first time in her career. There, she lost to fourth-seeded Sofia Kenin, who was the fourth seed. Pegula made it to the quarterfinals of the German Open in Berlin. She beat Karolna Plková for the fourth time in a row when they played each other for the fourth time in a row in 2021. So, on June 21, 2021, she moved into the top 25.