Although she dropped her first set of the tournament in the final, Romina Oprandi scored a convincing victory over unseeded Anna Chakvetadze 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 to win her 22nd ITF title at the 20th annual EmblemHealth Bronx Open.
Oprandi is in excellent form heading into the US Open which begins in two weeks. This is her second title in 2012 coming less than a month after her win at the $100,000 Biarritz ITF Tournament.
When she reached her first final of 2012, Chakvetadze was bidding to become the first repeat winner of the EmblemHealth Bronx Open.
The three-set match showcased dueling forehands and strong first serves. Oprandi frustrated Chakvetadze with her well-executed drop shots, while Chakvetadze approached the net effectively thwarting Oprandi.
Oprandi took control of the match at the end of the second set winning seven games in a row taking a 3-0 lead in the third set before Chakvetadze mounted a final challenge.
EmblemHealth Manager of Events, Denise Shearer, presented Oprandi with the winner’s check in the amount of $7,315. This is the eighth year of EmblemHealth’s sponsorship of the tournament which has been played in the Bronx for 20 years.
The match will be broadcast by Cablevision on its neighborhood journal program. Cablevision sports anchor Charlie Cornacchio and World TeamTennis Commissioner Ilana Klass provided expert commentary.
In addition to the USTA Women’s Pro Circuit Final, New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL), organizer of the tournament, also staged a L1 USTA Eastern age group tournament with events for girls and boys beginning with 10&U through 18&U. Three NYJTL participants competed in the finals with two of them winning their respective age groups.
Boys’ 18 Final: Dilan Gupta def. Michael Selin – Walkover, illness
Boys’ 16 Final: Jack Haroche def. (3) Jun Yuminaga – 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
Girls’ 16 Final: (1) Chrissy Simon def. Michelle Khaimov – 6-2, 6-3
Boys’ 14 Final: (2) Mac Kiger def. Nasser Ghaffar – 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Girls’ 14 Final: Yelizaveta Aginskaya def. (2) Marierose Apice – 6-1, 6-0
Boys’ 12 Final: (2) NYJTL’s Steven Nazaroff def. Leonte Wilder – 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
Girls’ 12 Final: Diana McCready def. Laina Campos – 6-2, 6-3
Boys’ 10 Final: (2) Artimas Radik def. Justin Cadeau – 7-6 (7), 6-4
Girls’ 10 Final: (1) NYJTL’s Lorraine Bergmann def. NYJTL’s Rachel Zhang – 6-3, 6-2
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