Linette beats Giorgi to win 1st WTA title at Bronx Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Magda Linette won her first WTA title Saturday, outlasting Camila Giorgi 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the Bronx Open.

The 80th-ranked Poland native had to win three qualifying matches just to reach the main draw of the first-year tournament. She then beat three top-10 seeds to reach the second WTA final of her career.

She rallied from a 2-0 hole in the final set and won the final four games, breaking Giorgi’s serve to win the match.

Giorgi lost in the final for the second time in a month, having previously done so in Washington. She had a big finish in the semifinals, fighting off three match points in a third-set tiebreaker to oust top-seeded Wang Qiang, but faltered at the end Saturday and remained with two career titles.

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Both players will stay in New York to play in the U.S. Open that begins Monday.

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