Jessica Pegula talks about the her tears for her mother
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Jessica Pegula has become the protagonist of a 2022 with all the trimmings. The American tennis player managed to bring home the first 1000m of her career in Guadalajara by clearly defeating Maria Sakkari in the final with a score of 6-2, 6-3.
The 28-year-old, who reached the quarterfinals at the Roland Garros and the US Open for the first time in her career last year, kicked off 2023 by clinching another quarterfinal, her third in a row at the Australian Open, giving way only to Viktoryja Azarenka in two sets.
Returning to the 1000 won in Mexico, the American told The Players Tribune about why she was in tears before playing the final: "In November 2022 I managed to win my first WTA 1000 title in Guadalajara, Mexico. Before the final, in the dressing room, I cried uncontrollably.
I'm not a person who cries a lot, but I cried. They weren't even sad tears, they were almost happy, because I had a feeling I was going to win."
A success that she dedicated to her mother Kim
Jessica Pegula went on to state that she dedicated her win to her mother, that given all she had been through, she deserved to see her daughter win a trophy.
The world number 3 also thanked her family for having supported her during her most difficult periods in sport speaking: "In my speech after the triumph, I dedicated it to my mother. I wanted her to know that, even after six terrible months, I have continued to struggle every day thanks to her.
If she was able to fight through what she was going through, so can I. She cried during my speech and trophy presentation ceremony." The American then concluded: "I have wanted this career since I was seven years old, before sports teams, companies, money, etc.
My parents helped me realize the dream I'm living. Even though we didn't always agree, they pushed me and I pushed back, and that got me where I am today. My mother deserved to see me lift a trophy after what she had been through." Pegula, thus dedicating that triumph to her mother Kim, co-owner and president of the Buffalo Bills of the NFL and the Buffalo Sabers of the NHL who had suffered a cardiac arrest right in that year after Roland Garros.