Day 2: A Bronx tale

August, 30, 2011
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.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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