Billionaire tennis star earned just £127 after losing on her return from injury

Billionaire tennis ace Jessica Pegula made a measly £127 when she made her comeback from injury.

The tennis star, who happens to be the heir to an oil and gas empire, came back from injury in 2017 to lose on straight sets and take home just £127, showing she's most definitely not in the sport for money.

The now 28-year-old is the daughter of tycoon Terry Pegula who, according to Forbes, is worth an eye-watering £5.82bn and bought NFL team the Buffalo Bills in 2014.

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Pegula's career has been unfortunately blighted by injuries with her having a knee operation in 2014 followed by a leg injury and then keyhole surgery on her hip in early 2017. It was in October 2017 that she made a long-awaited return from injury and her trail ran through the Van der Meer Shipyard Tennis Club in South Carolina.

It was here she found herself losing on straight sets to world 1,025 Petra Januskova, with the scoreline finishing 6-2 6-4. She pocketed a measly £127.

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Since then she has risen to fame in her own right despite the unimaginable riches in her bank account, the American peaked at number 7 in the WTA rankings in July this year and went out to world No1 Iga Swiatek in the quarter-finals of the women's singles at the US Open.

After her defeat, the star was seen chugging a can of beer to ease the pain of her defeat, and when complimented about it she said: "Thanks, I'm trying to pee for doping. Although it does help ease the loss."


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