Tech’s Falconi plays second round Wed.

Former Georgia Tech tennis star Irina Falconi will play her second-round match at the U.S. Open Wednesday. She’ll face No. 14 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the third match of the day on Court 11. The first match begins at 11 a.m.

Falconi, who turned professional following her junior year in 2010, earned her first win in a grand slam tournament Monday with a three-set win over Klara Zakpalova. Falconi is ranked No. 79 in the world.

Cibulkova is the world No. 15 player in the world. She reached the third round at the Australian Open in January and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where she knocked out world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.

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August 31st, 2011
7:55 am

No offense here, Ken my man, but a blog about women’s tennis is not going to generate much response 2 days before the 1st GT football game. How about a blog on whether the defense will be better, how will David Sims do at B back, whether Vad Lee will be redshirted this year, etc. Anything but women’s tennis.


August 31st, 2011
8:10 am


She is one of the few former Jackets that doesn’t play baseball that is actually successful. You may want to pay her respect.

Btw, Tech is beginning their season laughably with 2 high school teams. I really do not think there is much for Ken to cover regarding Tech’s continued cowardice to begin a year without a real opponent.


August 31st, 2011
8:11 am

i dont agree with ramblinbuzz. the us open is a very prestigious and important tournament and it is great to hear about a tech alumni advancing to the second round! tech does start the season tomorrow and i am very excited about that but i appreciate this post! thanks ken! doing a great job


August 31st, 2011
8:13 am

My point still stands. Many more people blog on ajc about football than women’s tennis. No disrepect to Ms. Falconi intended. As far as GT’s opponent opening opponents, look at the other football teams and see how may open with powerhouse opponents.

Max Sizemore

August 31st, 2011
8:15 am

Then again, there are those of us who like to read about former Tech athletes.


August 31st, 2011
8:27 am

Ken, thanks for the the info. I was wondering who she’ll be playing. Go Tech Tennis!

GT fan

August 31st, 2011
10:06 am

The first round opponent she beat was ranked 44 in the world; so her ranking may improve after this tournament.


August 31st, 2011
11:05 am

Totally disagree with ramblingbuzz. As a former student, I love to hear how other Tech athletes are doing professionally. Frankly I’d watch the US Open over Tech playing Western Carolina any day of the week.

As far as GT fan’s point, the ranking of the player you beat doesn’t impact how many ranking points you receive, rather it is based on what round you reach in the tournament. Just FYI.

GT Bee

August 31st, 2011
12:03 pm

Go Irina Go!!!

GT Alum

August 31st, 2011
9:45 pm

And Falconi beat Cibulkova. Since Venus to drop out, Falconi will have to represent the US in that section of the draw.


September 1st, 2011
9:04 am

I heard that Falconi banked $100K from her sponsors (on top of her winnings) for making it to the third round.