(Reuters) – American wildcard Bernarda Pera upset Czech third seed Barbora Strycova 3-6 6-2 6-1 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Bronx Open on Tuesday.
Strycova, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals last month, battled for nearly two hours before losing to Pera, who is ranked 37 rungs below her in the WTA rankings.
“I was more focused on my game and finding that balance that is so important for me to play well,” the 24-year-old said. “It’s finding the balance between being too aggressive and being too passive.
“I think I was just able to find my balance and find the rhythm with my feet in the second set and keep going in the same way in the third.”
Pera saved nine of 12 break points and converted six of her seven opportunities. The American saved four break points in her first two service games alone.
Strycova’s poor service game cost her, with a double fault in the first game of the final set opening the door for Pera, and the Czech will have to improve…
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