Alexa Guarachi got her grand slam feet wet at Wimbledon. Nearly two months later, she’s at it again.
Instead of the All England Club, Guarachi is at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City. That’s the home of the U.S. Open, where Guarachi will open play Wednesday alongside doubles partner Vera Lapko.
The Miramar Beach native learned of the news on Sunday after originally being a first alternate for the lauded showcase. Immediately after, Guarachi Tweeted out: “So excited to be playing in my first U.S. Open this week!!”
Guarachi more than earned the bid after vaulting to a career-high of 74 in the world earlier this month on the strength of a 31-10 doubles record in 2018 and six titles. Those titles include a WTA crown in Switzerland that earned her 280 WTA points and five ITF championships – two $80,000 crowns and three $25,000 titles.
The 27-year-old Guarachi, currently 80th in the world, now has 20 career doubles titles as she bids for her first main draw win in a grand slam.
Standing in her way of that feat is the American team of Nicole Gibbs and Sabrina Santamaria, who Guarachi and Lapko will play Wednesday at a time yet to be determined. The 25-year-old Gibbs is more of a singles specialist at 115 in the world compared to her 249 doubles ranking. The 25-year-old Santamaria is ranked 59 in doubles.
Guarachi’s partner, Lapko, is ranked 72 in singles and 112 in doubles. The 19-year-old from Belarus is 10-6 on the year in doubles.