Italian Camila Giorgi, 71NS world, it will be a final surprise at the National Bank Open on Sunday at the IGA Stadium. And she scored another victory on Saturday over a higher-ranked player than her, American Jessica Pegula, 30.NS world, in three sets of 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Having not lost any round in four matches, notably the victory over Belgian Elise Mertens (9 .).NS Favorites) and Czech Petra Kvitova (7NS), the Italian had to fight hard for more than two hours against a strong opponent who stuck to him until the end despite a thigh injury.
We even thought after the second set that Giorgi would miss the chance to play in the most important final of her career, but she quickly got her game back to beat a visibly diminished opponent.
“I am very happy because I played a very good match [samedi]Even if I didn’t play my game in the second round, the winner explained in a video conference. I lost my rhythm a little. But I never let myself be confused, I never thought [à la défaite] Because I was playing very well. I had a great run for the first time, and it could happen a second time, especially in tennis. I came back well in the third round. I was more focused, even more than I was at first. ”
that means alot to me [d’être en finale à Montréal]It is incredible! It’s a very good week. Very close matches are played. I’ve proven that I can play well and I’m very happy.
With only two professional titles, in secondary tournaments, Giorgi has not yet confirmed the expectations of many specialists due to his strength. Often erratic – she was still making nine double-faults on Saturday – the Italian has used the pandemic to work on her game and especially on strategy with her father Sergio, who is also her coach.
“We’ve made changes in my game, but more in tactics and strategy. I think that’s the main reason I’m playing better now. I know better how to choose the shot to play. I know how to go slower, faster, and pick the right moment to attack. I have a more diverse game. And that’s very important.”
For her part, fatigue and injuries overtook Pegula. Since the start of the tournament, the American has played all of her matches in three sets, often late in the evening, and three times after losing the first set. That was the case again on Saturday, and this time, she couldn’t find the resources to make her comeback a reality.
I didn’t play well and my injury certainly didn’t help me. But I’m proud to win the second round and I’m still happy with my week. I should be in great shape soon and my results over the past few days have given me a lot of confidence on our way to the US Open.
So, on Sunday, Giorgi will face Czech Karolina Pliskova in the final. She has a record of three wins and five defeats against World Six, but has won the last two matches recently, at the Tokyo Games and the Eastbourne Championships, just before Wimbledon.
“It will be another great match,” she predicted. She’s a great player, very consistent, and I’m going to have to play my best. I’ll just focus on my game, as usual, and we’ll see. ”
Giorgi is already guaranteed to climb thirty places in the women’s standings and receive a $164,000 purse, from the finalists. Winning on Sunday would allow him to receive a check for $221,500.
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