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Jessica Pegula Has Made Canadian Courts Feel Like Home

by Melissa Boyd

July 27, 2023

While the WTA’s new ‘Big Three’ of Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, and Elena Rybakina has been garnering much of the attention these days, Jessica Pegula continues to quietly go about her business as the established no. 4 player in the world on the women’s side.

The American has become a model of consistency and a stalwart at the top of the game.

She’s put in the hard yards to get to the top too, working her way through the minor leagues of professional tennis before becoming one of the best in her sport. In her travels through the years, the 29-year-old has made frequent visits to Canada and the province of Quebec in particular. On top of playing the National Bank Open presented by Rogers in Montreal, she has also paid visits to Granby, Quebec City, and Saguenay.

Pegula made four career appearances at the Quebec City tournament and it’s where she reached the first WTA singles final of her career in 2018. In Saguenay, she was crowned doubles champion of the ITF World Tennis Tour event in 2011 alongside Timea Babos and played there four additional times.

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Considering her history, it’s not surprising that she has made consecutive semifinal appearances at the NBO in 2021 and 2022. She’s returning to IGA Stadium l in a few days looking for a repeat performance and hoping for an even deeper run to the final for the chance to win her first singles trophy of the season. She certainly would be a fitting champion. Pegula is also an excellent doubles player and regularly forms a formidable pairing with her compatriot Coco Gauff.

Her parents, Kim and Terry Pegula may be famous because they own the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, but to Pegula’s credit, she has managed to carve her own impressive path in sports away from their shadow with talent, hard work, and perseverance. She’s always done things her way and it’s worked out pretty great for her so far. Not to mention that she’s won of the most humble, unassuming players on the Tour.