CHARLESTON, S.C.—Jessica Pegula’s Miami Open began on Thursday, March 23, with a straight-sets win over Katherine Sebov, a 24-year-old ranked 169 ranking spots lower than the American. It ended late Sunday afternoon, on April 2, with a straight-sets win alongside partner Coco Gauff. It was Pegula’s fifth doubles title with her compatriot, who is 10 years her junior.
None of this would be entirely surprising if Pegula was a veteran doubles specialist, entering as many draws as possible while cashing the occasional singles paycheck. But in age, Pegula is not yet 30, and she is playing the best tennis of her career. In ranking, she is the third-best player on the WTA tour in singles, and the world No. 4 in doubles. Her calendar belies her status, more befitting one of a tour journeywoman, or a Major League Baseball team. In between those two victories in Miami, there was exactly one day Pegula didn’t play a match.
Pegula will always be associated with Buffalo, given her family’s ownership of the National Football League’s Bills and the National Hockey League’s Sabres. But in what may come as a surprise to some, she’s a full-time Florida resident, with a house in tennis-mad Boca Raton. During the Miami Open, you might even say Pegula roughed it, opting for the 40-minute drive down I-95 to the tournament site most days, rather than staying in the city.