Poland’s Magda Linette celebrated her first WTA Tour title in thrilling style as she overcame Camila Giorgi, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the Bronx.
The 27-year-old had been a qualifier for the NYJTL Open but successfully negotiated eight matches over the course of nine days to lift her first silverware. Among the players she overcame during the week were seeds Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Karolina Muchova and Katerina Siniakova, sending her into the US Open with full confidence.
Linette’s success has been reflected in her ranking, which has seen her leap to WTA World No.53, bettering her previous high-water mark of 55, which she achieved for two weeks in February 2018. She was previously ranked at WTA World No.80.
Beaten finalist Giorgi, meanwhile, has leapt back into the Top 50 after an absence of seven weeks, climbing 10 spots to reach WTA World No.48.
The 27-year-old was involved in a trio of three-set matches over the course of the week and even saved match points to overcome No.1 seed Wang Qiang in the semifinals.
She was unable, however, to close out her first title of the year, instead succumbing at the final hurdle for the second time in a month, having lost out in Washington previously.
Bernarda Pera (+4, No.69 to No.65): The 24-year-old American enjoyed a fine run to the quarterfinals of the Bronx, defeating No.3 seed Barbora Strycova along the way. Katerina Siniakova proved too strong in the quarters, but she came within a couple of points of winning.
Anastasia Potapova (+4, No.76 to No.72): Qualified for the Bronx, where she beat Alison Van Uytvanck in the first round over three sets. Forced to retire when trailing Siniakova in the last 16.
Anna Blinkova (+9, No.93 to No.84): A lucky loser in the Bronx, having lost 7-6(6), 7-6(9) to Linette in qualifying. Made the most of her second chance by beating CoCo Vandeweghe and Mihaela Buzarnescu before falling to top seed Wang Qiang in three sets.
Kristie Ahn (+11, No.152 to No.141): Made the last 16 in the Bronx as a wildcard, having overcome Jil Teichmann in the first round.