Camila Giorgi triumphs in Montreal!

On Saturday we saw Karolina Pliskova advanced to the final in Montreal following a stunning 80 minutes of tennis to see off Aryna Sabalenka.

The Czech would’ve watched on from her hotel room knowing her opponent for the title would be a tough one for her, either Jessica Pegula or Camila Giorgi.

Coming into the tournament we have seen Pegula defeat the Czech four times this season, three of them on the bounce and Giorgi defeat Pliskova twice with the most recent being at the Olympics.

It was Camila Giorgi who came through for her maiden WTA 1000 final and before this week had only won one match at the Rogers Cup.

The unseeded Italian had a good run to the final with some big wins en-route opening up with a straight sets win over Elise Mertens.

R1 – 6-3 7-5 vs Mertens (9)
R2 – 6-2 6-4 vs Podoroska
R3 – 6-4 6-4 vs Kvitova (7)
QF – 6-4 7-6 vs Gauff (15)
SF – 6-3 3-6 6-1 vs Pegula

In he final I liked the way she played, there was a lot of thought in her performance. At the same time I was a bit baffled by Pliskova who I didn’t think learnt too much from their previous matches.

Nothing was happening that was a great surprise to Pliskova but poor match play. Giorgi was returning hard and deep down the middle but Pliskova was just not moving her feet, she was too static and a shadow of the performance that saw her beat Sabalenka.

As the second set went on it felt like we were waiting for that breakthrough from Giorgi and at 5-6 30-40 the forehand of Pliskova hit the net and sealed the biggest win of her career!

F – 6-3 7-5 vs Karolina Pliskova (4)

Unseeded, ranked 71 in the world and on the verge of being back in the top 30!

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