Giorgi says, “I played a lot of tough matches”

Published 10/14/2018, 5:02 PM EDT


The fifth seed of at the Linz Open in Austria, Camila Giorgi wraps up her second WTA career title. She swept aside the Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. The Italian ace, Giorgi won her premiere title at the Ricoh Open in s-Hertogenbosch where she dispatched Belinda Bencic. In 2014 she lost to Karolina Pliskova at the Linz final after missing match points. The Wimbledon quarterfinalist, Giorgi denied Alexandrova to become the fourth Russian champion in Austria after Nadia Petrova (2005), Maria Sharapova (2006) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (2015).

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Camila at Wimbledon this year

 This year Giorgi had won through qualifying to reach the semifinals at Sydney where she overcame World Number 13 Stephens and former champions Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska on the way to the semifinal. Also, she made the first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon. Giorgi became the first Italian woman to reach the last 8 at the Championships Wimbledon since 2009. Previously Schiavone and Dementieva had reached that spot. Her country was cheering for her to become the second Italian to reach the semifinals there, after Pietrangeli in 1960. However eventually won the first set against Serena Williams who later managed to make come back reach the final.

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Linz Open

She is the only Italian into the top 50 and now made it to top 30 since August 2015 after her semifinal run in Tokyo where she lost to Osaka. Back then, she was excepted to be the first Italian to reach the final after Francesca Schiavone in 2010. She might elevate her rankings and set up new career-high ranking on Monday. Also, she is likely to be seeded the 2019 Australian Open. Alexandrova had an incurable week in Linz and she is back in the top hundred rankings. “I think it’s very important for the future, of course, this title,” Giorgi shared with the press. “I’m very happy. I played very good, I was solid. The score looks easy, but it wasn’t easy”. She smiled and concluded by saying, “I played a lot of tough matches, beautiful matches this year,” Giorgi said.

  

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