First, last hero, Jessica Pegula!

On October 24, Jessica Pegula achieved her new career level in the WTA Singles Ranking, taking the world number one. 3. The new high came on the back of winning the Guadalajara Open the day before, on Sunday, October 23.

Or to be more specific, Pegula’s ranking success has centered on the wave of consistency she’s shown not only over the course of the week in Mexico but over the past two seasons. Pegula’s feat can be put like this: As of 2020, the 28-year-old has barely made it past the second rounds of the biggest tournaments she’s played.

Her best result in a major tournament at that point came at the 2020 US Open where she reached the third round. With the exception of Wimbledon which did not take place that year, Pegula lost in the first round of all the other four tournaments in the two years between 2019 and 20.

Similarly, in the WTA 1000 events, Pegola’s best result came in the 2020 Cincinnati Open. That year, she reached the event quarters for the first time in her career, surpassing a few playoffs and her first-round appearance before that.

Pegula also has only three Finals to her credit through 2020, all of which have been at the WTA level. Interestingly, the Buffalo native has reached one final every year since making her first final at the 2018 Quebec Open.

Her first title came a year later, at the 2019 Washington Open, which was then followed by a third final at the Oakland Open, in 2019.

Jessica Pegola: Making the most of opportunities

Then, in a post-pandemic era all about making a fresh start for tennis players, Pegula completely re-took her career path.

At the Grand Slams held in 2021-22, Pegula played four quarter-final matches, including back-to-back quarterfinals at the Australian Open. Prior to reaching the finals of the 2022 Madrid Open and winning the 2022 Guadalajara Open, Pegula also reached the quarter-finals and semi-finals of several WTA events, including back-to-back semi-finals at the 2021-22 Canadian Open.

Other than these lists, the numbers themselves are staggering. Her victory in Guadalajara was Pegula’s first WTA 1000 title. However, at the height of the week, she won 39 games in total in similar tournaments, across 2021 and 2022.

No other player has won this many matches. Not even Iga Swiatek, the most dominant player in women’s tennis currently whose dominance has been marked by 37 consecutive games this year. In the American tennis world too, Pegula has made a name for herself this year.

This is the first time since Serena Williams that an American woman has won at least 22 matches in the biggest event in the WTA hierarchy. The enormity of the distance she has reached in the sport has not eluded Pegula.

Two days ago, after reaching the semi-finals in Guadalajara, she tweeted, “If you told me (five) years ago when I couldn’t do two matches together that I would have that stat… you can always improve, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. “. With one last event – the WTA Finals – ahead of the 2022 tennis calendar, Pegula aims to end the season on a cheery note.

And she had the opportunity to do so, not only in singles but in doubles as well. For all her singles achievement this year, Pegula has fared better in doubles than singles. Pegula, who teamed up with Coco Gauff this year, reached her first major doubles final at the French Open.

The Gauff-Pegula partnership failed to win the women’s doubles title at Roland Garros but did capture two WTA 1000 doubles titles in Dubai and Canada, ultimately leading them to qualify for the finals. In the year when Serena Williams’ retirement from tennis came as the biggest news and Gave’s career progressed, the coming of Jessica Pegula into her country reaffirmed the presence of great depth on the women’s tour, both on the international circuit and in America. ranks.

On an individual level, it has also led to a shift in how they are referred. For once, instead of being called the daughter of the owners of the NFL team, the Buffalo Bills, it was the turn of Pegula’s proud parents to be recognized by their daughter’s fame. Image source: Jessica Pegula Twitter

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