Emotions Take Centre Stage for American Beauty Jessica Pegula as WTA Korea Open Success Prompts the 29-Year-Old to Revisit Her Roots

Published 10/14/2023, 8:23 AM EDT

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American star Jessica Pegula is in the form of her life. The 29-year-old, who made it through to the finals of the Japan Open stunned everyone after she made it into the finals of the Korea Open as well. With the stage set for an intriguing final, she will be excited to lay her hands on the title and win it on her second home.

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After winning her match in the semi-finals, Jessica came ahead and shared a heartfelt message to all her supporters who came to watch her play. Moving ahead, she also talked about her roots and how making it through to the finals made it extra special for her.

Jessica Pegula shares a heartfelt message after reaching finals at the Korea Open

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In a heartfelt message, Jessica Pegula shares her joy at reaching the finals in Seoul. Pegula, who has been playing some great tennis in the recent few days showed why she came in the top-seeded player here in Korea. In the semi-finals, she faced Yanina Wickmayer whom she comfortably managed to defeat.

After the win, she came in and shared a heartfelt message for her fans. In the post-match interview, she came forward to thank the fans and everyone who was present at the stadium and rooted for her. She also mentioned that it was an honor for her to play in Korea after being half-Korean herself.

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“I’m so excited to be in the finals.. being half Korean and being able to be in the final here is something I can always say. Hopefully I can win. Nonetheless, it’s an honor. So I’m really happy,” mentioned Pegula in the post-match speech.

Now with just one step lying between her and victory, she will be confident enough to lay her hands on the title and keep her momentum going strong. Also, what makes her victory more special is her Korean connection which many might not be aware of.

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Pegula is half Korean thanks to her mom!

Despite being born in Buffalo, Pegula shares Korean roots, thanks to her mom. Jessica’s mom and dad are the multi-millionaire owners of the Buffalo Bills, a team in the National Football League (NFL). Pegula, through an interview, talked about her Korean origin and praised her mom for all the things that she has done in the world of sports.

“A lot of people don’t know that I’m half-Korean,” said Pegula in an interview. “A lot of the stuff that my mom did, being an Asian woman in sports, is really a big deal.”

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Thus, Jessica Pegula’s win in Korea was something special for her as she was able to flourish her Korean connection while making the most of the opportunity of playing in Korea and making it through to the finals. As she readies herself for one last time, her fans will be looking forward to seeing her lay her hands on the title.

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Akshat Gaur

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Akshat Gaur is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2021 and has been writing since then. With over two years of experience in the world of sports journalism, specifically tennis journalism, Akshat is someone who is immensely passionate about covering the ATP and the WTA Tour.
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