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Jessica Pegula crushes press-conference Heineken after getting bounced at U.S. Open, is your relatable athlete of the week

September 08, 2022

On Wednesday, Jessica Pegula—the daughter Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula—fell to number-one women’s seed Iga Swiatek 6-3, 7-6 in the U.S. Open quarters. The loss snuffed out one potential American fairytale in Flushing and brought Pegula’s slam season to a close. It was a disappointing, if not altogether unexpected, end to Pegula’s U.S. Open run and after the match she processed it in extremely relatable fashion, taking big pulls off a Heineken tallboy while mumbling out answers to the one reporter still interested in talking to her.

Sorry Serena, but Pegula is now the true GOAT. Win all the slams you want. Appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Vanity Fair a million, bajillion times. Nothing cements you in the hearts and minds of American sports fans like crushing a beer while staring blankly into space pondering the futility of everything that has brought you to that point.

It wasn’t all medicinal for Pegula, however. “I’m trying to pee for doping,” she said when asked about the beer. “Although it does help ease the loss.” Amen to that. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re pretty sure it’s five o’clock somewhere.