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‘Doesn’t Want Me Around..’- 5 Months After Stirring Note on Her Ailing Mother, World’s Richest Tennis Player Delves Deep Into the ‘Super-Independent’ Woman That Inspires Her Everyday

Published 07/10/2023, 10:24 AM EDT

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Jessica Pegula is one player who experienced massive growth in the 2022 season. The late bloomer jumped from rank 22 to rank 3 by the end of the year. She was able to accomplish this feat after continuously smacking it out of the park. However, with all her success came some horrific news in her personal life. Her mother’s health suffered quite a bit in 2022.

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As her mother is still recovering, Pegula provided an update during her Wimbledon run. The news of Kim Pegula’s health worsening was shared by Jessica. The WTA number 4 penned an emotional note to her fans on Players Tribune where she talked about the events that transpired.

Jessica Pegula talks about her mother’s bravery during illness


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As she continues to blaze past opponents in her current Wimbledon run. Struggling in the clay season, Pegula has shown her class in the grass season. Entering the quarterfinal, Pegula is eyeing the big prize. However, the American player would be remiss if she did not discuss her mother’s influence on her current stint.

After winning against Lesia Tsurenko, Pegula said that her mother was not someone who wanted to be coddled. Rather she wants Pegula to focus on her game. 


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She just wasn’t the type for people to coddle over her, take care of her. She’s super independent. In that way, it kind of works seeing me out there still playing and working hard. Basically, she doesn’t want me around her (laughter). She’s just like, Go do your thing, why are you here?

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Jessica further explained that she and her mother always tried to brainstorm with her on how she could improve. 

She was always trying to brainstorm with me ideas of how to get better, how to get healthy or how to feel better; She wants to watch me on TV. I think that inspires her in her recovery, as well, to see me out there still playing.

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While her mother is better at the moment, Pegula’s note earlier this year told the story of her mother’s trouble.


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WTA Number 3 on Mother’s Health

In a note to Players Tribune in February, Pegula relayed the entire information of her mother’s situation. After she went back home from the French Open, Pegula celebrated the single’s quarterfinal and the double’s final with her family. However, things would turn for the worse when she received a call that her sister and father were taking their mother to the hospital as Kim had suffered a cardiac arrest.

After Kim passed out, Jessica’s sister administered CPR on her and was able to revive a heartbeat. As the ambulance came, they did critical work to bring her back to stability. In the hospital, the Pegula family waited to hear good news. While their mother’s condition was improving, they had to stay in the hospital for two weeks. 


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While back home, Kim Pegula is still on the path of recovery and would enjoy seeing her daughter go far in the grass slam. 

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Written by:

Ripunjay Gaba


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Ripunjay is a Tennis writer with an unwavering passion for the sport and a deep admiration for Roger Federer. He specializes in providing in-depth coverage of everything related to the 'Swiss Maestro.' Ripunjay's love for tennis is evident in the quality of his writing, which is characterized by its clarity, depth, and insightful analysis.
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