World’s richest tennis ace who is heiress to £4.7bn fortune reaches Madrid final

Tennis star Jessica Pegula reached the final of the Madrid Open after beating Jil Teichmann 6-3, 6-4 in the last four.

It is just the fourth WTA singles final Pegula has reached during her career and she is looking to win her second singles title, having previously won the 2019 Washington Open. Should Pegula defeat Ons Jabeur in the final, she will bank €1,041,570 (£891,834) in prize money.

However, that is chump change for the 28-year-old, who is the heiress to the $5.8billion (£4.7billion) fortune accrued by her father Terry. He is ranked by Forbes as the 434th richest man in the world, having earned his billions from oil and gas.

He also owns a whole host of sports teams, including NFL side Buffalo Bills and NHL outfit Buffalo Sabres. The family also live in a stunning £2.5million gated five-bedroom mansion in Boca Raton, Florida and own a £14million superyacht called 'Top Five II'.

Pegula is only the third female American player to reach the final of the Madrid Open after Venus and Serena Williams. "For me and Ons… she was ranked [in the seventies] like two years ago, I think I was like the same, so it's pretty crazy," Pegula said after reaching the final.

"It just shows you, hard work and determination, playing week in and week out, just trying to get better every week, you can get to the top as long as you believe it. So I think it's great for both of us. It means a lot to me."

Reflecting on her win over Teichmann, Pegula added: "[Teichmann is] a super tricky lefty. It was hard because I felt like I couldn't get a rhythm, really.

"Maybe the start of the first set she came out a little nervous and I was able to come out strong, which helped, but it was just tricky today." Pegula and Jabeur are 2-2 in their WTA head to head, with Jabeur winning their most recent clash in Dubai.

"I watched her yesterday how she was patient with Sara," Jabeur said. "It's a tough match. I know she's playing good today. She's an aggressive player. I'm going to do what I did in Dubai. Whatever worked for me in Dubai is probably going to work here in the final."

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