American Jessica Pegula is tennis’ biggest secret no more after pulling off the biggest win of her career at the Australian Open on Monday.
The 26-year-old is in the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time following a boilover win against No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina.
Pegula will move into the top 50 of the WTA Rankings for the first time as a result of her 6-4 3-6 6-4 fourth round win.
But the world's attention soon turned to her life off the court where she has quietly hidden in plane sight as the richest player in the world.
The world No. 61’s parents are Terry and Kim Pegula, who have owned both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres sports franchises since 2014, and have a net worth of more than $5 billion, according to Forbes.
Terry Pegula is reported to have made his fortune as a mining magnate before selling off the majority of his natural resources company.
Jessica Pegula held her nerve in the third set.Source:Getty Images
The family famously outplayed Donald Trump as they tussled to take over the Bills before the American President slagged off the team when his bid wasn’t accepted.
The team was purchased for $1.4 billion seven years ago and is now estimated to be worth $2 billion.
The heiress’ fortune dwarfs the net worth of tennis superstars Roger Federer ($450 million), Serena Williams ($300m) and Maria Sharapova ($195m).
She said recently she wanted to make a name for herself with her family connections — and she’s now earned it after Monday’s big win.
“When I was younger, it was more like I wanted to make a name for myself and then I realised as I got older, I should embrace the whole family aspect of it instead,” she said.
“It was almost hurting me in a way because it wasn’t going to go away and I learned to embrace that, kind of have fun with it.
Jessica Pegula’s secret is out.Source:Getty Images
“Obviously I still do like to keep things separate at times.
“Tennis is like my thing, it’s my job, it’s my career. It’s very separate and my parents don’t really have any say right now in anything I do on the court.”
Pegula has been on fire at Melbourne Park this week with wins over two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur.
She has more grand slam wins this week then the rest of her career combined.
Pegula celebrated her big moment by writing a classy message of support to fellow American Jennifer Brady, who was next up on Rod Laver Arena.
Jessica Pegula was all class.Source:Getty Images
“See you in next round, Jen B,” she wrote on the courtside camera in a message that also gave a shout out to her famous folks.
The American pair will meet in the quarter-finals if Brady makes it through her fourth round match with Donna Vekic.
Brady was one of the first people to congratulate Pegula on the biggest win over her career when they crossed paths in the tunnels underneath the stadium before Brady walked out for her match.
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