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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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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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
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
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