Her run at the U.S. Open may have come to an end Sunday, but Alexa Guarachi is hoping this is just the beginning.
Deep Grand Slam runs. Vaulting up the world ranks. Becoming a regular on ESPN telecasts.
This week was a good step in accomplishing just that for the Miramar Beach native, who advanced all the way to the Round of 16 before she and Bernarda Pera lost 3-6, 6-7 (4) to unseeded Caroline Dolehide and Vania King.
The match on ESPN, Guarachi and Pera trailed the entire way.
But they battled in the second set, forcing deuce on receive as they led 5-4. But Dolehind and King held, forced a tiebreak and then, tied at 4-4, won the final three points to advance to the quarterfinals.
The run to the third round not only marked the first time a tennis player from the University of Alabama won a match in a Grand Slam, but also Guarachi’s first win in a Grand Slam after coming up shorthanded in her first five trips.
Ranked 85th in the world, the pair of Grand Slam wins will earn Guarachi 130 WTA points.