Camila Giorgi Continues Dream Run, Upsets Coco Gauff to Reach National Bank Open 2021 SFs

Published 08/13/2021, 8:54 PM EDT
Aug 10, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Cori Gauff of the United States hits a shot against Anastasija Sevastova of Russia (not pictured) during first round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports.


Adding to her glorious run in the 2021 season, 17-year-old American Coco Gauff reached the National Bank Open 2021 quarterfinals. However, to reach the next round, she needed to clear the Italian Camila Giorgi test in Montreal. Unfortunately, the teenager could not steer past the challenge, losing the match 6-4, 7-6(2).

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On her way to the quarterfinals, Gauff had received two walk-overs. Conversely, her opponent stunned the seventh seed, Karolina Pliskova, to make it into the last eight.

Hence, a fair stage was set for the two to find a place in the Canadian Open (formerly called Rogers Cup) semifinals. Accordingly, both Gauff and Giorgi had put forward their best tennis to win this match.

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Coco Gauff vs Camila Giorgi, Set 1: National Bank Open 2021

After losing the first point, Gauff secured a comfortable hold to kick-start the encounter. Similarly, Giorgi also allowed only one point on her serve, alerting the teenager of the challenge ahead of her.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Cori Gauff of the United States returns a shot during a match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day 6 during the Womens Invitation of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

As the nerves settled down after the two games, the 29-year-old Italian shook things up. Subsequently, Gauff saw off four break points to keep her service lead going. However, Giorgi seemed to enjoy her tennis more, obtaining a hold at 40-0. Following that, she got the first break of the match over the American.

Apparently, the only secured break was all the Italian needed to win the opening set. And so she did, leading over Gauff 6-4.

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Gauff vs Giorgi, Set 2: National Bank Open 2021

Moving on to the next set, the American teenager showed resilience. As a result of her commitment, she got the early break and took a 0-3 lead in the second.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Cori Gauff of the United States returns a shot during a match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day 6 during the Womens Invitation of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

But surprisingly, Gauff could not hold on to her lead as the inspired Giorgi took on the charge again. In a few games, the Italian successfully brought the second set to serve.

In addition, the teenager felt her nerves kicking in at the most crucial parts of the match. Consequently, she gave away her service game at 4-4 in the second set, asking the Italian to serve for the match.

Incredibly, Coco Gauff saw off a match point and recovered her loss of serve in the final moments of this toe-to-toe encounter. After dropping her serve again, the American saved the second match point to take the set to a tie-breaker.

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But ultimately, Giorgi upset the 15th seed Gauff in straight sets, winning the match 6-4, 7-6(2). As per the draw, she will meet either Ons Jabeur or Jessica Pegula in the semifinal.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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