Australian Open 2021 Day 8: Giant-killer Jessica Pegula continued her dream run at the Australian Open as she reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal after a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in Rod Laver Arena.
Pegula, whose parents own Buffalo’s NFL and NHL franchises, struggled badly in the second set at a sunbathed Rod Laver Arena but regrouped in the decider to lock down her first win over a top 10 opponent.
The Buffalo-born Pegula comes from a wealthy family with strong ties to sport. Her parents Terry and Kim are owners of NFL side the Buffalo Bills and NHL team the Buffalo Sabres.
Pegula is a 25-year-old who has won four matches at Melbourne Park over the past week after entering the tournament with a total of three Grand Slam match wins for her career. In the quarterfinals, the unseeded Pegula will play No. 22 Jennifer Brady of the United States or No. 28 Donna Vekic of Croatia.