American Irina Falconi pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year in taking out No. 1 seed and World No. 23 Klara Zakapolova in front of a partisan Czech crowd in Prague. Falconi stormed back after losing the first set to take the match 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2. Falconi backed up the first round shocker by continuing to advance in the draw, winning her next two matches to reach the semi-finals (as of this release).
Falconi is blogging about her experiences in Prague and throughout the European clay court swing as she prepares to qualify for the French Open. Her blog can be found on Tennis Grandstand by clicking on this link: http://www.tennisgrandstand.com/2013/05/17/quest-to-qualify-with-irina-falconi-a-day-in-the-life-of-a-tennis-pro/