Two days after becoming the first former Georgia Tech women’s player to win a singles match in a grand slam tournament, Irina Falconi made personal history.
Falconi, who turned professional last summer, scored the biggest win of her career Wednesday, coming from one set down to knock out world No. 15 and No. 14 seed Dominika Cibulkova in the second round of the U.S. Open. Falconi won 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. She was down 0-3 and 1-4 in the final set before a patient rally that forced Cibulkova into repeated unforced errors gave her the match.
“That’s the one thing I just focused on, is to never give up until the last point,” Falconi said by phone as she left the USTA National Tennis Center Wednesday evening. “I just had to believe the entire time I wasn’t going to give up.”
Falconi, an All-American at Tech who left last year after her sophomore season, will move on to a third- round matchup with No. 22 seed Sabine Lisicki. She called the victory surreal. Falconi grew up in New York and