WTA Bronx: Magda Linette edges Camila Giorgi for first WTA title


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WTA Bronx: Magda Linette edges Camila Giorgi for first WTA title

It was a week to remember for the Polish tennis, with Hubert Hurkacz claiming the first ATP title in Winston-Salem and Magde Linette conquering the inaugural WTA Bronx event. The 27-year-old won eight matches in nine days to lift the maiden WTA trophy, toppling Camila Giorgi 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and 32 minutes and earning enough points to find herself on the verge of the top-50.

There were 28 break chances up for grabs, with Linette fending off ten out of 15 and delivering six breaks from 13 opportunities to cross the finish line first and start the title celebration. They traded breaks in the opening two games and Linette grabbed another one with a drop shot winner in game four to build a 3-1 lead, losing the advantage in the very next game and fending off a couple of break points in game seven that could have pushed Giorgi in front.

The Italian barely lost a point on serve after that break in the fourth game and had the upper hand in the closing stages of the set, taking 12 of the last 13 points for a 7-5. Shifting her game to a higher gear, Linette controlled the pace at the beginning of the second set, opening a 4-1 lead before Camila broke back at love in game seven, saving two break chances in the next game to level the score at 4-4 and having an excellent opportunity to move ahead in the next game when she squandered four break chances.

Magda wasted two set points on the return in game ten, fixing that two games later with a break at 15 to claim the set 7-5 and send the match into a decider. There, Camila led 3-1 and had four break points in the fifth game that could have sealed the deal for her, unable to convert any and having to pay the price soon after that.

With the momentum on her side, the Pole rattled off the last four games, holding at love in games seven and nine and delivering two breaks at 3-4 and 5-4 to move over the top and celebrate the first success on the Tour.