Quarterfinals Finalized on Wednesday @NYJTL Bronx Open
Steve Fogleman in the Bronx
Photos by Mike Renz
Barbora Strycova had a meltdown in the sun yesterday as wild card Bernarda Pera made the tournament organizers look like prophets upon moving into the quarterfinals at the Bronx Open at the Carey Leeds Center in Crotona Park. Pera came back from a first set deficit to break #3 seed Strycova, and with each game, it seemed that Strycova had had enough of the Bronx. Luckily, she and her team were doubled over in frenetic bouts of gut-busting laughter no more than fifteen minutes after the loss. I didn’t hear the joke, but it had to be good.
Pera’s elevation to the quarters is a little relief for the tournament to have an American go deep in a home event. This is the tournament that lost Carla Suarez-Navarro and got the ultimate tease from Petra Kvitova asking for a wild card, only to pull out as soon as receiving it. This is also the place that Coco Vandeweghe was upset on Monday, and where #1 seeds Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai were upset in doubles.
They could use a little luck.
Earlier in the day, Camilla Giorgi became the first quarter finalist as she outlasted Andrea Petkovic in three long sets in a stunning comeback win in the heat, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3).
Alize Cornet took the first set tiebreak and then looked to bagel opponent Zhu Lin before Zhu retired at 7-6, 4-0. Cornet was later joined by Katerina Siniakova after she blew out Anastasia Potopova 6-0, 3-0 by retirement.
Kristie Ahn, 2019 Bronx Open (Photo: Mike Renz for Tennis Atlantic)[/caption]
There’s only one American on Victor Kiam Stadium Court today: Kristie Ahn. She opens play against Karolina Muchova, followed by Linette/Sasnovich before #1 seed Wang Qiang goe up against 22-year-old Fiona Ferro of France. The session closes with baby-faced lucky loser Anna Blinkova taking on Mihaela Buzarnescu. It’s still free and there were surely be some choice seats available.
You can fund the full order of play here.