World’s richest tennis player left ‘hurt’ after losing ‘wildest match’

World No.3 and the world's richest tennis star Jessica Pegula couldn't hide her disappointment after losing one of the 'wildest matches' of her career.

Pegula, 29, saw her Indian Wells campaign come to an end earlier this week as she suffered defeat to Petra Kvitova in a thrilling last-16 match. Both players had won one set apiece before a back-and-forth tie break saw both Pegula and Kvitova have match points fended off on three separate occasions.

Kvitova eventually prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (13-11) to progress to the quarter-finals. Taking to Instagram afterwards, the dejected US star Pegula admitted: "That one hurt. One of the wildest matches I’ve played. Not much else to say just back to work."

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In a separate post on Twitter, she offered a more upbeat response. Pegula wrote: "The ups & downs of this sport I’ll never get used to. Slightly gutted but the only way to move is forward."

Pegula is thought to be the richest tennis player in the sport and despite plenty of personal success on the court over the course of her career, that is due to her billionaire father.

Her dad Terry is the owner of NFL side the Buffalo Bills and is believed to be worth around £3.6billion, which makes him the 434th richest person in the world.

Pegula herself is worth more than the likes of Roger Federer and Serena Williams combined, and has amassed around £6.3m in prize money during her impressive sporting career.

Tennis star Jessica is one of five children and while she admits she enjoyed a privileged upbringing, she is determined to remain "very down-to-earth."

Speaking last year, she said: "I know that's maybe not the story people gravitate towards, right? They may think it's interesting. I know some people do, but, yeah, I'm aware of that and I know that.

"But I also think I have a lot of people's respect as well. I think it's kind of known at least on tour and with players that, yeah, I have that respect."

She revealed last month that her mother Kim had suffered a cardiac arrest in June 2022 with her sister Kelly luckily on hand to perform CPR which ultimately saved her life.

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