Jessica Pegula began her Melbourne stint with an upset of Kristina Mladenovic and followed it with a straight-set win over Mona Barthel on Monday. The American has taken confidence, improved fitness and a great attitude into the two-week quarantine, and it's already paying off.
After a career breakthrough in 2019 saw the American crack the Top 100 and claim her first WTA title in Washington, D.C., Pegula made the most of an abbreviated 2020. She reached the final in Auckland, the quarterfinals of "Cincy" and the third round of the US Open.
"It was a good year for me and I think it's fun because the motivations there to do better next year, so it's that I didn't feel like, 'OK, I lost first round. I lost first round. I'm going to play a tournament in four months from now,'" she said on the TENNIS.com Podcast. "Like you kind of get down on yourself, but I didn't really have that at all, I felt good and I felt good about training and keeping in shape, and honestly, too, like I don't really do anything else."