Irina Falconi, a New Yorker now living in Atlanta, won her first-round match on Monday and on Tuesday found out that the win raises her ranking enough to qualify for the main draw of the Australian Open. It’s a big jump for Falconi, ranked No. 78 coming into the Open. Her win over No. 44 Klara Zakopalova was her first in a Grand Slam event.
On Wednesday she is slated to be in the third match on Court 11 against Dominika Cibulkova. Now if only the kid from the Bronx could find a good slice of pizza in Georgia.