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Jessica Pegula The Daughter Of A US Billionaire Who Could Be America’s Next Grand Slam Champion

Jessica Pegula

After an exceptional 2022, Pegula’s performance at the Australian Open could spell success.


CNNFor many, the new year offers a chance to strive to be better – at work, in relationships or to achieve one’s wildest dreams.

America’s top-ranked female tennis player Jessica Pegula looks to have received the memo.


The 28-year-old is off to a flying start in 2023, securing her first career victory over Iga Światek, beating the world No. 1 6-2 6-2 in the opening match of the United Cup semifinal in Sydney earlier this month.


And with the Australian Open in full swing, there could be even more success on the way for the American, who has reached the tournament’s quarterfinals the past two years. On Friday, Pegula comfortably won her third-round match against Ukrainian Marta Kotuku 6-0 6-2.


Eurosport expert Barbara Sachet told CNN Sport: “Jess definitely has a chance to clinch her first grand slam title.


“I watched her play against Iga Światek and she really surprised me. She literally hit Inga off the court. If she can repeat this level, she can win the Australian Open.”

Who Is She?

Ranked third in the world, Pegula hails from a sporting dynasty of a different kind. Her father, billionaire Terry Pegula, and mother, Kim, sit at the head of a sports empire, co-owning the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.

Her father, worth around $6.7 billion, per Forbes estimates, made his fortune in oil and gas through the company, East Resources. After selling company assets, her parents bought the Sabras for $189 million in 2010 and the Bills for $1.4 billion in 2014.


Kim Pegula, Co-owner Of Bills And Sabres, Went Into Cardiac Arrest In June, Remains In Recovery: Daughter

Kim Pegula

Jessica Pegula in action at a Women’s Singles Quarterfinals game against Belarusian Victoria Azarenka at the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam, Tuesday Jan. 24 2023 in Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia.  (PATRICK HAMILTON/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Kim Pegula, co-owner of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, went into cardiac arrest in June 2022 and continues to recover while “improving everyday.” 

The update on Pegula comes from tennis star and daughter, Jessica Pegula, who wrote about her mother’s medical emergency in a Tuesday article in The Players’ Tribune.

For the past several months, the Pegula family has remained relatively quiet about Kim’s condition, calling it “unexpected health issues.” 

Jessica Pegula revealed that her mother went into cardiac arrest in June, requiring CPR from her daughter, Kelly, before being taken to the hospital. 

Jessica credits her sister with saving their mother’s life. 

“My sister gave her CPR until the ambulance arrived,” Jessica wrote. “She saved her life. Even though she doesn’t like to take credit for this terrible situation, she absolutely saved her life, followed by the critical job performed by the paramedics who arrived and were able to restore a heartbeat.” 

Presently, Kim Pegula is dealing with a disorder that impacts her ability to communicate effectively with others and has experienced “significant memory issues.” 

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