MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — At the
draw ceremony for the season-ending
WTA Finals in October, the emcee called
Jessica Pegula to the front of the room and asked the 28-year-old American about her championship at an event in Mexico a handful of days earlier.
He called it the "biggest title" of her career. Pegula politely corrected him: "Biggest title so far," she said, emphasizing those last two words.
Pegula chuckled when asked about that exchange during an interview with The Associated Press.
"I didn't mean to say that, but that's good that I said that," she said. "So far, that IS my biggest title, so that's factual and true — but also, hopefully, definitely not the last."
Pegula's had a winding journey in professional tennis and, at the
Australian Open, she is hoping to add by far her most significant trophy yet. When she steps on court to face 2012-13 champion Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (3 a.m. EST), Pegula will be appearing in the quarterfinals for the third year in a row at Melbourne Park — and for the fifth time overall at a major, all in the past 24 months.