Naomi Osaka vs. Camila Giorgi, US Open R2 Preview

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?? (4) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? Camila Giorgi

Naomi Osaka continues her 2020 US Open campaign on Day 3 where she faces a tough second round test against the fearless Camila Giorgi. Osaka made an unconvincing start to the tournament and will need to raise her level for this match-up against a dangerous opponent. Can Giorgi pull off the upset?

Osaka was surprisingly forced into a 3-set battle against compatriot Misaki Doi in the opening round. Osaka was rattled by Doi in the second set but recovered to claim a hard-fought 6-2 5-7 6-2 victory. The 2018 US Open champion showed glimpses of her best from the baseline and didn’t necessarily play a bad match, however she admitted after her opener that a left hamstring injury which saw her pull out of the Western & southern Open final is still causing her some problems.

Giorgi came through a rollercoaster opening round match at Flushing Meadows. The Italian won the last 4 games as she fought from the brink to defeat Alison Van Uytvanck 2-6 6-1 7-5. Giorgi will need to bring a more consistent level to this clash if she is to get the win.

Osaka won the only previous match between the pair, an easy 6-2 6-3 victory in Tokyo in 2018.

This looms as a real danger match for the fourth seeded Osaka. Giorgi is the type of player that usually raises her level for matches like this, the Italian has nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Osaka is certainly the more consistent of the two and has a stronger serve, but Giorgi can match Osaka from the baseline. I’ll give Osaka the benefit of the doubt here, mainly because of her superior serve and greater reliability under pressure.

Prediction: Naomi Osaka to defeat Camila Giorgi in 3 sets
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Fiona Ferro vs. Camila Giorgi, Palermo SF Preview

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?? Fiona Ferro vs. ?? Camila Giorgi

A pair of surprise semi-finalists will do battle for the second spot in the Palermo Ladies Open final when Fiona Ferro takes on Camila Giorgi. Ferro is on fire; the Frenchwoman has won 13 matches in a row but will need to maintain a high level against a red-hot Camila Giorgi.

Camila Giorgi of Italy in action during the second round at the 2020 Palermo Ladies Open WTA International tennis tournament

Ferro arrived in Palermo having won 10 matches in a row at exhibition events and has continued that strong run to reach her third WTA tour level semi-final. Ferro is yet to drop a set this week, the 23-year-old started the event with a 6/2 6/1 win over Nadia Podoroska before defeating the 8th seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova 7/5 6/2. Ferro booked her spot in the final 4 with a strong 6/4 6/1 win over the always-tough Sara Errani, Ferro’s was clinical in winning 9 of the last 10 games against Errani.

Giorgi is through to her second WTA tour level semi-final on a clay court. The Italian reached the final 4 in Palermo with a remarkable comeback victory over the 7th seeded Dayana Yastremska. Giorgi saved a pair of match points in the second set, one with a stunning return as Yastremska served for the match at 5-4. The damaging baseline hitting from Giorgi was ultimately too much for Yastremska to handle, as it would have been for most on tour. Previously Giorgi defeated Rebecca Peterson 7/5 6/4 and Kaja Juvan 3/6 6/2 6/4.

This will be the first career meeting between Ferro and Giorgi.

I’m going to give the edge to Giorgi here. Granted Ferro is in great form but facing a confident Giorgi is a whole new challenge. Giorgi played brilliantly in her comeback win over Yastremska, arguably the best anyone has played this week. Giorgi has won a couple of tough matches this week whilst Ferro is yet to be tested, this could work in the Italian’s favour in what should be a tense match. Having saved match points and escaped in her last match Giorgi can play with added freedom here, which is always a dangerous prospect given her extreme firepower and added home court advantage.

Prediction: Camila Giorgi to defeat Fiona Ferro in 3 sets

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Camila Giorgi vs. Rebecca Peterson, Palermo R1 Preview

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?? Camila Giorgi vs. ?? Rebecca Peterson

The top ranked Italian Camila Giorgi will begin her Palermo Ladies Open campaign with a tricky opening round clash against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson on Tuesday.

Rebecca Peterson of Sweden during practice ahead of the 2020 Palermo Ladies Open WTA International tennis tournament

Both Giorgi and Peterson did not take place in any exhibition events during the official tour’s shutdown. Therefore, the pair enter this opening round clash with a very limited form guide.

This is a match-up of contrasting styles, the all-out aggressive game of Giorgi compared to Peterson who is much steadier and likes to construct points from the baseline with her strong forehand.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece, both meetings took place in 2019. Peterson led 6-2 before Giorgi retired in their most recent match in Wuhan last year. The only completed match between the two took place in Washington last year where Giorgi won 3/6 6/3 6/4. This will be their first match on a clay court surface.

I will side with Peterson here. Clay is easily the preferred surface for Peterson whilst clay is probably Giorgi’s least preferred surface. Giorgi is erratic at the best of times, so I expect her to be rusty here given the Italian hasn’t played a competitive match for almost 4 months. Peterson should be solid enough to capitalize on the errors.

Prediction: Rebecca Peterson to defeat Camila Giorgi in 2 sets

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

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?? (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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Karolina Pliskova vs Camila Giorgi, Cincinnati R3 Preview

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(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

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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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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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