The numbers bear that out. The 28-year-old entered 2022 with an 11-12 record on clay, and has proceeded to double her lifetime clay-court win total by winning 11 of her 14 matches on the dirt this spring.
Pegula, who will face red-hot Iga Swiatek in quarter-final action on Wednesday in Paris, chalks her new-found clay aptitude to self-belief and her willingness to persevere at all costs.
“I think I've proved that I can be patient on clay, that I can play well, that I can beat a lot of clay-courters, even if maybe the conditions don't favour me, which has been really, really important,” she said.
“I've definitely surprised myself a little bit this week.”
Through four rounds in Paris, Pegula has dropped only two sets. On Monday she rallied to defeat Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, to book her first trip to the last eight at Roland-Garros.
Quite a feat considering the No.11 seed had entered this year’s draw with a 2-3 lifetime record at the Parisian Slam.
Pegula’s success isn’t just happening randomly. It’s fuelled by dedication to her craft, and a strong connection with long-time coach David Witt, the former coach of Venus Williams.
She is embracing the clay rather than dreading it, and adding nuance to her game as she goes.