The 2019 season will go down as the biggest year for first-time title winners on the WTA tour. This past weekend, fans added two more names to the growing list: Jessica Pegula (Washington) and Saisai Zeng (San Jose).
Pegula earned her first career title at the Citi Open by defeating Camila Giorgi in a knockout victory, 6-2, 6-2, in just under an hour. Last fall, the 25-year-old reached her first WTA final as a qualifier in Quebec City, and this week, she survived a comeback win over Iga Switaek in the second round and then a three-set brawl against Anna Kalinskaya in the semifinals.
Pegula, whose parents own both the NFL's Buffalo Bills and NHL's Buffalo Sabres, had not faced Giorgi since 2012, but played a near flawlessly match, only facing one break point and sealing match point with an unreturnable serve.
The Bills threw Pegula some love on Twitter.
The American got to share her victory celebration with her dog Maddie, who joined her on court for some photo-ops.
From world No. 79, Pegula jumps to a career-high ranking of world No. 55.