Ashleigh Barty vs Camila Giorgi, Australian Open R2 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R2 Preview
🇦🇺 (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

Sydney International 🇦🇺🦈 QF Preview
(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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Ashleigh Barty vs Camila Giorgi, Birmingham QF Preview

WTA Aegon Classic, 🇬🇧 Birmingham QF Preview
QF #4: 🇦🇺 Ashleigh Barty vs (Q) 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

Friday’s fourth and final quarter-final of the day at the Aegon Classic looms as the most open match of the day where a big opportunity presents itself to both Ashleigh Barty and Camila Giorgi to make a rare semi-final appearance at a premier level event. Grass is the preferred surface of both Barty and Giorgi, both have been playing great tennis this week and head into this clash full of confidence, this has the makings of a high quality, tight contest between two powerful strikers. 

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Garbine Muguruza vs Camila Giorgi, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon 🇬🇧 First Round Match Preview + Prediction
(2) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

Garbine Muguruza arrives at Wimbledon with a whole new level of expectation and pressure placed upon her. Muguruza is the latest Grand Slam champion on the tour after her triumph at Roland Garros and she is also defending finalist points from last year. The Spaniard has been dealt a very dangerous first round draw as she will come up against Camila Giorgi, an opponent Garbine has a negative head-to-head record against.

Garbine Muguruza finally made her big breakthrough in Paris last month as she claimed her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros. It was a superb tournament for Garbine and defeating Serena Williams in the final was the perfect way to capture a maiden Grand Slam title. Muguruza showed signs of a hangover effect when she returned to the tour. Muguruza’s first and only match since her success at Roland Garros was a strange straight set loss to Kirsten Flipkens in the first round of the Mallorca Open. Muguruza has never considered grass to be her favourite surface and has often been uncomfortable on the surface but last year’s run to the final was proof that the Spaniard is more than capable on a grass court.

 

Camila Giorgi has had a terrible season 2016. The Italian is really struggling to fulfil her potential due to a number of factors, unfortunately an ongoing feud with the Italian Tennis Federation has seemingly been a factor for Giorgi throughout stages of 2016. Giorgi was unable to record a victory in her two lead-up events to Wimbledon, suffering a first round loss to Heather Watson in Birmingham and Timea Babos in Eastbourne (both in two tight sets). Giorgi has had some good success at Wimbledon in the past, reaching the fourth round in 2012 and the third round on two separate occasions since that 2012 run.

Camila Giorgi holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Garbine Muguruza. The Italian won the first two meetings between the pair but it was Muguruza who won their most recent clash: a 6-1 6-4 win at Roland Garros last year. Monday’s match will be their first encounter on a grass court, a dangerous match for the Spaniard. 

Muguruza may be the reigning Roland Garros champion but that counts for little heading into this match. Camila Giorgi Is always a dangerous opponent, especially on a grass court. Muguruza has shown mental fragility in the past so I wouldn’t be surprised if she is unable to compete at a very high standard in her first major tournament as a Grand Slam champion. Giorgi has shown that she is capable of beating Muguruza and will enter this match with nothing to lose, I suspect the Italian is due for a big win and Muguruza is vulnerable.

Prediction: Camila Giorgi to defeat Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Camila Giorgi, Madrid R2 Preview

Madrid R2: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Camila Giorgi

Two of the biggest disappointments on the WTA tour will collide in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday when Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova comes up against Camila Giorgi. Pavlyuchenkova and Giorgi have both struggled to live up to expectations in recent years, both are seemingly heading into a critical stage of their careers where they will either step up or remain mediocre. This is a critical match for both players, a chance to gain a valuable victory at a big event. 

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova advanced to the second round in Madrid courtesy of one of her most emphatic victories of the season, an impressive 6-2 6-1 victory over Lesia Tsurenko. The Russian’s first round in Madrid win broke a string of 4 consecutive losses prior to the event. Pavlyuchenkova has underachieved throughout 2016, seemingly lacking in confidence and not at her peak fitness level, perhaps this could be the event that Pavlyuchenkova gains a much needed confidence boost and starts to turn her season around.

 

Camila Giorgi’s recent form has been typically erratic. The Italian managed to make a solid start to her Madrid campaign, recording a 7-5 7-5 upset victory over Sara Errani. Giorgi has generally struggled on the clay in recent years but she actually has all the weapons to perform well on the surface. The Italian possess heavy groundstrokes and moves pretty well around the court. Giorgi’s ability isn't the problem, it is her mental fragility, Giorgi is undoubtedly one of the most inconsistent players on tour at the moment. 

This will be the first career meeting between Pavlyuchenkova and Giorgi. It is very difficult to predict what will happen in this match. Anything could happen. I believe Pavlyuchenkova should have the edge on this particular surface, the Russian is generally more solid and is very capable of absorbing Giorgi’s pace. Pavlyuchenkova’s base level on a clay court is higher than Giorgi’s, therefore she is the safer pick in this match-up.

Prediction: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to defeat Camila Giorgi in 3 sets

Ana Ivanovic vs Camila Giorgi, Indian Wells R2 Preview

Indian Wells R2: (14) Ana Ivanovic vs Camila Giorgi

Ana Ivanovic will begin her BNP Paribas Open campaign on Saturday night with a dangerous second clash against Camila Giorgi. Ivanovic made a poor start to the year but has gradually improved and will be hoping for a deep run in the Californian desert to consolidate that improvement. However, Camila Giorgi made a strong start to the tournament in her first round match and will be a tough first-up opponent for Ivanovic.

Ivanovic had a poor Australian summer but showed signs of improvement last month with a semi-final showing in St. Petersburg and a victory over Simona Halep in Dubai on route to the quarter-finals. Ivanovic is a former champion at Indian Wells and will be aiming to continue building positive momentum over the next couple of weeks. Ivanovic will be wary of the threats Giorgi possess and will know she needs to start the tournament at a high level.

 

Camila Giorgi made a really strong start to the tournament on Thursday, recording an emphatic 6-3 6-2 victory over Julia Goerges. It was a refreshingly consistent performance by the Italian, especially behind her serve as she did not face a break point throughout the entire match. Giorgi has had a poor first couple of months of the year but will be encouraged by her positive start to the event and her previous record at the event, Giorgi famously defeated Sharapova at this event a couple of years ago, one of the Italian’s biggest wins to date.

Ana Ivanovic recorded a 7-5 6-2 victory over Camila Giorgi in the only previous encounter between the pair in Tokyo last year. Despite this, I believe this is a dangerous match-up for Ivanovic and wouldn’t be surprised to see Giorgi cause an upset here. Drawing Giorgi in the first match of a tournament is never easy because the Italian will not give an opponent any rhythm. I was encouraged by Giorgi’s first match of the week, especially her serve and feel like she will cause an upset here.

Prediction: Camila Giorgi to defeat Ana Ivanovic in 3 sets


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Serena Williams vs Camila Giorgi, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open R1: (1) Serena Williams vs Camila Giorgi

Serena Williams will begin her title defense at Melbourne Park on Monday where she takes on Camila Giorgi in a potentially dangerous opening round encounter. Giorgi is the highest ranked opponent that Serena could have faced in the opening round having just missed out on being seeded by one place. There have been concerns surrounding Serena’s fitness heading into the first Grand Slam of the year, however the American is adamant that she is healthy and ready to compete.

Serena Williams’ preparation for this year’s Australian Open has been less than ideal. The world number 1 was only able to play just over 1 set of tennis at the Hopman Cup, withdrawing from the event due to a knee injury. However, the 6-time former champion believes that her injury interrupted preparation will not affect her performance in Melbourne, stating that she ‘is feeling 120 percent and that she is no longer experiencing any knee inflammation.’

 

Camila Giorgi’s early season form hasn’t been spectacular. The Italian suffered a first round loss in Brisbane where she was defeated by Angelique Kerber in 3 sets before reaching the quarter-final stage in Hobart were she was thrashed by Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets. Giorgi will head into her first round clash with Serena having absolutely nothing to lose, which is probably the mindset that helps Giorgi play her best tennis.

Serena has won both the previous encounters between the pair, including a 7-6 6-2 victory in a Fed Cup tie early last year. Both of their previous matches have been on clay court meaning this match will be a whole new story. However, it is likely to have a very similar outcome.

There is no doubt that Giorgi is a dangerous opponent, but that might work in Serena’s favour. The world number 1 will know that she has to very alert heading into this match and I believe she will make a statement here by recording a solid victory. Serena is just far too strong in every aspect of the game for Giorgi and will take advantage of the Italian’s erratic serve.

Prediction: Serena Williams to defeat Camila Giorgi in 2 sets

Eugenie Bouchard vs Camila Giorgi, Hobart QF Preview

Hobart QF: Eugenie Bouchard vs (2) Camila Giorgi

A fascinating quarter-final match-up at the Hobart International features Eugenie Bouchard and Camila Giorgi. Eugenie and Camila are both widely regarded as two ladies with great potential but both had relatively disappointing seasons in 2015 and will be looking to make a significant jump in the rankings in 2016. This looms as an important match for both ladies, a victory in a match like this would give either lady a boost of confidence heading into the Australian Open next week.

Eugenie Bouchard has made a reasonable start to the season. The Canadian is into back-to-back quarter-finals to start the year after reaching the final eight in Shenzhen last week. Bouchard’s confidence seems to be growing with each victory. The Canadian started the week in Hobart with a very impressive 6-2 6-1 victory over Bethanie Mattek-Sands, her first victory over the American in three attempts. Bouchard was striking the ball exceptionally well from the baseline in that match. Bouchard’s second round victory wasn't as pretty, recording a hard-fought 6-4 7-5 victory over Alison Van Uytvanck in difficult, windy conditions. A solid victory, showing Genie is determined this week. 

 

Camila Giorgi also seems to be finding some reasonable from in Hobart this week. Giorgi’s first round victory was a typically erratic performance by the Italian, a 6-4 1-6 6-1 victory over Zarina Diyas. Giorgi was much more consistent in her second round match where she recorded a 6-2 6-3 victory over Nao Hibino. Giorgi has struggled with the windy conditions in Hobart in the past, especially with her serve, but her service numbers have been reasonable this week and she has kept her double fault tally relatively low.

Eugenie Bouchard won the only previous encounter between the pair, a comfortable 6-3 6-0 on the clay in Strasbourg back in 2014. It is tough to split the pair heading into their first match on a hard court. I have to give the slight edge to Bouchard, the Canadian has greater margins and is a little more consistent which is particularly helpful in the windy Hobart conditions. Whoever serves better will have a big advantage in this match-up, I suspect that will be Bouchard.

Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Camila Giorgi in 3 sets