World richest tennis player’s next opponent upset Emma Raducanu at French Open
Jessica Pegula, who is known as the world's richest tennis player thanks to her billionaire family, faces a tough Australian Open test against a foe with an eye for an upset.
The American, who is ranked No. 3 in the world thanks to her fine run of reaching quarter-finals, takes on Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round who recently upset Emma Raducanu at the French Open.
Sasnovich, who is ranked No. 38, beat Raducanu twice in eight months including their 2022 Grand Slam meeting, saw off Linda Fruhvirtova Down Under to meet Pegula – after her own win against Jaqueline Cristian.
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Sasnovich, who won 7-5 6-2 in her first-round tie this week, beat Brit star Raducanu 6-2 6-4 at Indian Wells in October of 2021 and 3-6 6-1 6-1 at Rolland Garros in May.
The 28-year-old contributed to a disappointing year for the 2021 US Open winner as she slipped from 10th to 77th in the world rankings, with Pegula up next.
The pair previously met at the US Open last year, with the billionaire heiress taking the win 6-4 6-4.
Pegula, 28, cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory on the Margaret Court Arena in under an hour this week, having reached three Grand Slam quarter-finals in 2022.
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Pegula's parents Terry and Kim are the owners of NFL side Buffalo Bills and NHL outfit Buffalo Sabres – with an estimated net worth of £5.5billion according to Forbes.
Pegula said back in 2020: "I know I was more privileged than other people. I'm aware of that. I try to be very down-to-earth, and I think I am."
The difference in prize money between the second and third rounds at the 2023 Australian Open is in the region of £56,000, with £130,000 already in the bag.
Elsewhere in the women's draw, which now has only one former winner in Victoria Azarenka, Italian Camila Giorgi made light work of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
The 31-year-old star, who has a huge social media following thanks to both her career on the court and time as a lingerie model, is into the second round.
Giorgi, who is looking to match her best Grand Slam performance of a quarter-final, is currently ranked 69 in the world having been as high as 29 back in 2018.
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