Jessica Pegulas magical run ends at the Australian Open

Jessica Pegula

Jessica Pegulas magical run ends at the Australian Open

The daughter of Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula exits the tournament after reaching the quarterfinals of a major for the first time.

Jessica Pegula loss to Jennifer Brady ends run at the Australian Open ‘s magical run at the Australian Open is over.

The Buffalo native and daughter of Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula was defeated in the quarterfinals by No. 22 Jennifer Brady 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.  

Brady, a good friend of Pegula’s, will take on No. 25 Karolina Muchova, in Melbourne, in the semifinals. The winner will face the winner of the highly anticipated for the championship. 

Pegula, who turns 27 next week, exits the tournament after reaching the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event for the first time. Her previous best run at a major was a third-round appearance in the 2020 U.S. Open.

She said of Pegula: “We’re such good friends. I’m really happy for her success. I know we’ll be having a lot more tough battles.” 

The first set was ultimately decided when Pegula broke Brady’s serve with the score locked at 4-4. She then held serve in the next game up 5-4 to win the set. 

Brady jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set but Pegula fought back to cut it to 3-2. In a hard-fought sixth game, Brady managed to break Pegula’s serve to go up 4-2 and then cruised in the final two games to force a third set.  

The first game of the final set saw Pegula break Brady’s serve following a lengthy battle, but Brady found her footing quickly. She immediately broke Pegula’s serve right back and didn’t drop a game the rest of the match. 

Includes reporting by The Associated Press.

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