“Why Jessica? Why not Sabalenka?”- Fans flip out as Jessica Pegula gets featured in leading Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Jessica Pegula had a terrific 2023 season.

“Why Jessica? Why not Sabalenka?”- Fans flip out as Jessica Pegula gets featured in leading Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Jessica Pegula included in Forbes 30 Under 30 (Images via X)

American tennis ace Jessica Pegula has been included in the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2024. While some tennis fans are celebrating the 29-year-old’s achievements, a few are also questioning the leading magazine’s move to prefer Pegula over Belarusian ace Aryna Sabalenka who had an equally amazing season.

A large section of fans also attacked Pegula over her well-off background. Meanwhile, a few hoped that the Forbes curse would not work on Pegula and she would not end up in jail. All these reactions came under a journalist’s appreciation post for Pegula who hailed the 29-year-old for not giving up despite things not working in her favor in the early stages of her career.


As the journalist praised Pegula for headlining the 30 Under 30 list by writing a long post on X (formerly Twitter), fans shared their views on the matter by bombarding the comment section of the post.

Nepotism baby
A user commented under Jessica Pegula’s appreciation post.

There were more such reactions. Check all sorts of comments on Jessica Pegula featuring in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Jessica Pegula pays no heed to those who mock her over her background

While people continue to undermine Jessica Pegula’s achievements by attributing all of her success to her rich and wealthy background, the 29-year-old American could not care less about those critics.

Jessica Pegula
Jessica Pegula (Image via The Guardian)

During her interview with Forbes, Pegula was asked about such criticism around her background. The World No. 5 said she does not worry too much about those talks as she has made peace with the fact that she cannot change those people’s minds no matter what she does.

I don’t worry too much about it. I think most people get that. Maybe some people who just don’t want to like me for whatever reason maybe will always say that. But I can’t really change their minds. I’ve worked really hard. I definitely wouldn’t have gotten here if it wasn’t for that.
Jessica Pegula said about her critics.

Although people keep criticizing her, no one can take away the fact that Pegula has been working tirelessly to stay in the top lot of the players in the world. Making two consecutive WTA Finals is not easy and on top of that, reaching the final in the second attempt is also a top achievement.

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