BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jessica Pegula is headed to the Olympics with Team USA.
Pegula, the 26th-ranked women’s tennis player in the world and daughter of Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, was named to the Olympic team Thursday, along with Jennifer Brady (#15), Coco Gauff (#23), Alison Riske (#29), Nicole Melichar (#9 in doubles) and Bethanie Mattek-Sands (#15 in doubles).
The Olympic selection is the latest highlight in a career year for Pegula, who was ranked 62nd worldwide at the end of 2020.
Pegula reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in April, marking her best finish in a Grand Slam event. She also reached the Round of 32 at the French Open last month and beat world #2 Naomi Osaka in the Italian Open in May.
The top-ranked American singles players, Sofia Kenin (#6) and Serena Williams (#8), opted not to play in the Olympics.
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