Camila Giorgi vs. Ekaterina Makarova, Wimbledon R4 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R4 Preview
🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi vs. 🇷🇺 Ekaterina Makarova

An interesting round of 16 clash at Wimbledon sees Camila Giorgi and Ekaterina Makarova go head-to-head for the first time. The draw has opened up nicely for these two who both claimed victory over seeded opposition on route to the this stage. This is a big opportunity for both, both are playing well and will see this as a very winnable match.

Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Camila Giorgi is into the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time since the US Open in 2013. Giorgi has long been one of the tour’s biggest wasted talents, perhaps this is where she makes her big move? The Italian started the event with a topsy-turvy 3 set victory over 21st seeded Anastasija Sevastova. Giorgi went on to defeat Madison Brengle in 2 sets before saving match point on route to a 3-6 7-6 6-2 victory against Katerina Siniakova.

Ekaterina Makarova has made it through to the second week at Wimbledon for the third time and is 1 win away from emulating her previous best result in 2014. Makarova stared her campaign with a 7-6 2-6 6-3 win over Petra Martic before claiming a dramatic 6-4 1-6 7-5 victory over the 2nd seeded Caroline Wozniacki. Makarova led Wozniacki 5-1 in the deciding set before squandering several match points as her lead was evaporated. At 5-5 Makarova played an outstanding game to hold and she went on to break serve in the next game to secure an outstanding win. Makarova backed up that win over Wozniacki with a 4-6 6-4 6-1 win over Lucie Safarova.

It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out in the first career meeting between the pair.

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Anastasija Sevastova vs. Camila Giorgi, Wimbledon R1 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R1 Preview
🇱🇻 (21) Anastasija Sevastova vs. 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

Anastasija Sevastova and Camila Giorgi will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the opening round stage at Wimbledon on Monday. This is an interesting match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles, the versatile, all-court game of Sevastova against the aggressive, powerful game of Giorgi. Who will prevail?

Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in action during the third round at the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Sevastova and Giorgi both played a couple of events on grass in the lead-up to Wimbledon. Sevastova failed to defend her title in Mallorca but did manage to reach the final where her tournament ended in a disappointing straight set loss at the hands of Tatjana Maria. The Latvian then went on to suffer a third round in Eastbourne, beaten by Daria Kasatkina in straight sets.

Camila Giorgi was unable to gain any momentum in her first couple of tournaments on grass. Giorgi failed to get through the qualifying draw in Birmingham, beaten by Oceane Dodin in 3 sets and was comfortably beaten by Caroline Wozniacki at the second round stage in Eastbourne.

It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out, will consistency or power prevail?

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Sloane Stephens vs. Camila Giorgi, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇺🇸 (10) Sloane Stephens vs. 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

Sloane Stephens continues her Roland Garros campaign on Friday when she takes on Italy’s Camila Giorgi. This looms as a danger match for the 13th seeded American, we all know that Giorgi’s best is very good, can the inconsistent Italian bring her A-game to this third round clash?

Sloane Stephens of the United States in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Sloane Stephens has cruised through her first couple of matches in Paris. The American has dropped just 6 games across her first two matches, a 6-0 6-2 win over Arantxa Rus and a 6-2 6-2 win over Magdalena Frech. Stephens has been all business and looms as a genuine contender to win the title. Stephens has reached the second week in Paris on 4 previous occasions, Paris has been her most consistent Grand Slam event.

Camila Giorgi is into the third round in Paris for the first time courtesy of a pair of straight set wins. Giorgi started the week with a 6-3 6-2 win over Grace Min before defeating Maria Duque-Marino 6-0 6-3, It has clearly been a very favourable draw for Giorgi, her true level will be more clear on Friday against Stephens.

Interestingly it is Giorgi who holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Stephens. The Italian has won the last two matches between the pair. The pair recently played in Sydney earlier this year where Giorgi won 6-3 6-0 over a lacklustre and out of form Stephens. It will be a very different Stephens on this occasion.

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Mihaela Buzarnescu vs. Camila Giorgi, Prague SF Preview

J&T Banka Prague Open, SF Preview
🇷🇴 (7) Mihaela Buzarnescu vs. 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

Friday’s second semi-final from the Prague Open features an unexpected match-up between the 7th seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu and Camila Giorgi. Buzarnescu and Giorgi have had similar starts to the year, both had a great run very early in the year but both have struggled to win matches since then. This is a big opportunity for these two, both have little experience at this stage of events, Buzarnescu is yet to win a WTA title whilst Giorgi has a single title to her name.

Buzarnescu is having a great week in Prague, reaching her second semi-final of the year without dropping a set. The Romanian has claimed wins over Beatriz Haddad Maia, Antonia Lottner and Kristyna Pliskova on route to the final 4. Buzarnescu’s strong serving has been the theme of the week, the 30-year-old’s serve has been broken on just 3 occasions throughout her first 3 matches. Buzarnescu has been very clutch under pressure in all of her matches this week.

Camila Giorgi has come to play in Prague. One never really knows what to expect from Giorgi but when she is hot, she is hot, and she is hot this week. Giorgi started the event with a topsy-turvy 3 set win over Barbora Strycova before claiming a pair of straight set wins against Tamara Korpatsch and Sam Stosur to secure her spot in a second semi-final in 2018.

This will be the first career meeting between Buzarnescu and Giorgi. It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out between two contrasting styles. The ultra-aggressive game of Giorgi against the awkward, versatile game of Buzarnescu.

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Samantha Stosur vs. Camila Giorgi, Prague QF Preview

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🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur vs. 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

The pick of the quarter-final clashes on Thursday from the Prague open sees Samantha Stosur take on Camila Giorgi in what should be an exciting encounter between two powerful opponents. Stosur and Giorgi have both looked good this week, both enter this quarter-final clash with confidence after straight set victories in the second round. Giorgi is looking particularly dangerous but can the experienced Aussie tame the ultra-aggressive Italian?

Sam Stosur had a bizarre start to the tournament in Prague. Stosur looked set for a straight set win over compatriot Daria Gavrilova before Gavrilova fought back and pushed the match to a decider. Gavrilova ultimately retired injured before the third set even started. Stosur’s second round win was a more conventional victory, a solid 6-4 6-4 win over Denisa Allertova to reach her first quarter-final of 2018. Stosur’s strong serving was the highlight of her victory over Allertova, winning over 80% of service points behind her first and second serve.

Camila Giorgi seems to be catching fire after a slow couple of months. Giorgi is now into back-to-back quarter-finals having reached the Lugano quarter-finals a few weeks ago. Giorgi started the week with a topsy-turvy 6-0 2-6 6-2 win over Barbora Strycova, Giorgi’s best tennis in that match was almost unplayable, certainly for Strycova it was. Giorgi secured her spot in a third quarter-final of 2018 with a 6-4 6-2 win over Tamara Korpatsch, a good win for Giorgi considering she trailed early in each set.

The only previous match between the pair ended in a 7-6 6-7 6-1 win for Stosur at the US Open in 2016.

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Barbora Strycova vs. Camila Giorgi, Prague R1 Preview

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🇨🇿 (5) Barbora Strycova vs. 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

An interesting opening round match-up in Prague on Tuesday sees the 5th seeded Barbora Strycova come up against big-hitting Italian Camila Giorgi. Strycova arrives in Prague in desperate need of momentum boost having not won a match since Doha. Perhaps Prague is the perfect location for Strycova to turn her fortunes around with the home crowd support she has reached at least the quarter-final stage at this event in the last 3 years and made it to the final 4 last year.

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Strycova arrives in Prague having lost 6 matches in a row on the WTA tour, an unprecedented losing streak for Strycova in recent times. The 32-year-old started her clay court season last week in Stuttgart where she was eliminated In the opening round by Laura Siegemund, a straight set loss, her fourth consecutive straight set loss. What is in Strycova’s favour is the fact that she has never lost to Giorgi and her good recent record in Prague.

Giorgi hasn’t exactly been in great form herself heading into Prague. Giorgi has generally struggled in 2018 after her great run to the semi-finals in Sydney to start the year. Giorgi has had a few decent weeks to start her clay court season, a couple of wins in Charleston and a quarter-final appearance in Lugano. Giorgi is the type of player that can catch form at any stage, Giorgi has shown that she is very capable on a clay court.

It is Strycova who holds a perfect 2-0 H2H record over Giorgi. Strycova beat Giorgi 6-1 6-3 in Charleston in 2012 and more recently a 6-2 7-5 win in Cincinnati. Perhaps it will be third time lucky for Giorgi as she runs into an out of form Strycova in Prague.

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Ashleigh Barty vs Camila Giorgi, Australian Open R2 Preview

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🇦🇺 (18) Ashleigh Barty vs 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

Ash Barty got through a difficult opening round test at Melbourne Park, coming past Aryna Sabalenka in 3 sets. Barty will face another potentially difficult assignment on Thursday where she will take on Italy’s Camila Giorgi. Barty brought good form into the first Grand Slam of the year having reached the final of the Sydney International last week. Barty is growing in confidence and will look to equal her best run in Melbourne with a win over Giorgi.

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Ash Barty came through an extremely tough opening round match with Aryna Sabalenka on Tuesday night. The Aussie was ambushed in the opening set by red-hot Sabalenka. Barty kept her composure and eventually out-lasted Sabalenka, claiming a 6-7 6-4 6-4 victory. Barty successfully mixed up the play from the baseline with blocked returns, slice and higher balls to draw errors from the racquet of Sabalenka. Barty will face a similar test against Giorgi, another ultra-aggressive player.

Camila Giorgi also brought good form into Melbourne having reached the semi-final stage in Sydney last week. Giorgi won 6 matches in a row in Sydney after coming through the qualifying draw to reach the final 4. At her best, Giorgi is a very dangerous opponent. The Italian showed that last week with straight set wins over Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska. Giorgi started her Australian Open campaign with a 6-4 6-3 win over Anna Kalinskaya.

The only completed match between the pair ended in a 6-3 6-0 win for Barty on clay in Strasbourg last year.

Camila Giorgi vs Agnieszka Radwanska, Sydney QF Preview

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(Q) 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi vs 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska

Camila Giorgi and Agnieszka Radwanska will go head-to-head in a fascinating quarter-final clash at the Sydney International on Thursday evening. This match-up features a fascinating contrast in styles, the ultra-aggressive game of Giorgi up against the consistency and finesse of Radwanska. The head-to-head record between the pair is levelled at 1 win apiece heading into this match, their most recent match was a while back in Katowice in 2015, Giorgi won comfortably 6-4 6-2. It will be interesting to see how this match-up goes almost 3 years later.

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Camila Giorgi is having a great week in Sydney. The Italian came through the qualifying draw to reach the quarter-finals, a big deal for the Italian. Giorgi is yet to drop a set this week, winning 3 matches in the qualifying draw before beating Sloane Stephens 6-3 6-0 and Petra Kvitova 7-6 6-2. Giorgi has made noticeable improvements this week, most notably her serve, serving far less double faults than she usually would.

Aga Radwanska has navigated her way through a tough draw to reach the quarter-finals in Sydney. Radwanska came through the toughest opening round match-up, beating Konta 6-3 7-5 in what was a rematch of last years final. The former Sydney champion booked her spot in the final 8 with a 7-6 6-0 win over Catherine Bellis. Radwanska did well to see off the early threat posed by Bellis and ran away with the match in the second.

Petra Kvitova vs Camila Giorgi, Sydney R2 Preview

Sydney International 🇦🇺🦈 R2 Preview
🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova vs (Q) 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

An exciting second round clash at the Sydney International sees former champion: Petra Kvitova, take on Italian qualifier: Camila Giorgi. Kvitova and Giorgi are two of the most aggressive and hard-hitting players on tour from the baseline, expect a lot of flashing winners and little extended rallies in this match-up.

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Kvitova and Giorgi have had very contrasting pathways to the second round. Kvitova has only played 1 set in Sydney after she was up 6-1 against Lucic-Baroni before the Croatian retired. Conversely, Giorgi has already won 4 matches this week having come through the qualifying draw. Giorgi navigated her way through a tough qualifying draw in Sydney before kick-starting her main draw appearance with a dominant 6-3 6-0 win over Sloane Stephens.

The only previous match between the pair took place on hard court in a Fed Cup tie in 2014, Kvitova won that match 6-4 6-2.

Karolina Pliskova vs Camila Giorgi, Cincinnati R3 Preview

Western & Southern Open, 🇺🇸🌉 Cincinnati R3 Preview + Prediction
(1) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs (Q) 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

Karolina Pliskova will continue her Western & Southern Open campaign on Thursday night, the defending champion will face the always-dangerous Camila Giorgi for a spot in the quarter-finals in Cincinnati. Pliskova cruised through her opening round match in Cincinnati, defeating Natalia Vikhlyantseva without dropping serve. Camila Giorgi has already won four matches in Cincinnati having come through the qualifying draw, most recently Giorgi defeated Daria Gavrilova in a tough three set match on Wednesday. Pliskova holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Giorgi but it was the Italian who won their most recent match earlier thus year.

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