Jessica Pegula advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open in her singles tournament debut by beating Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium Monday. Pegula made it into the main draw after winning three qualifier matches. She is ranked 260th in the world. Jessica’s dad is billionaire Terry Pegula, the owner of the Buffalo Bills.
Jessica, 21, has played winning doubles matches at the U.S. Open, getting to the third round with her partner in 2011, but that was the last time she played a main draw match of any kind until this morning. A knee injury in 2013 stalled Pegula’s tennis career, but she’s about to see things ramp up thanks to her second round appearance and the attention from her father owning the Bills.
According to the Buffalo News:
Terry Pegula joined about 100 spectators in the stands, wearing an off-white “Black Dog” bucket hat, shorts and a button-down short-sleeve shirt. Pegula, who ranks 302nd on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index with $4.8 billion, said he was proud of his daughter’s comeback from a 2013 knee injury. Ranked 260th on the WTA Tour, she was ranked as high as 123rd two years ago before undergoing surgery.
Pegula (IG) will face Dominika Cibulkova in the second round. She knocked off 7th seed Ana Ivanovic. Cibulkova is ranked 50th in the world.
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