Camila Giorgi

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Camila Giorgi
Camila Giorgi Indian Wells Masters 2014.jpg
Camila Giorgi at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open
Country  Italy
Residence Tirrenia, Italy
Born (1991-12-30) 30 December 1991 (age 22)
Macerata, Italy
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,117,108
Singles
Career record 222–150
Career titles 5 ITF
Highest ranking 31 (25 August 2014)
Current ranking 35 (20 October 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2014)
French Open 2R (2014)
Wimbledon 4R (2012)
US Open 4R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 0–4
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
Last updated on: 20 October 2014.

Camila Giorgi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkamila ˈdʒordʒi]; born 30 December 1991 in Macerata) is an Italian professional tennis player of Argentinian background. Despite being one of the smaller players on the women's tour, she plays with a very aggressive style and hits the ball with power.

Giorgi has won five singles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 25 August 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 31. Giorgi's biggest professional wins have come at the 2013 US Open, 2014 BNP Paribas Open, and 2014 Aegon International, defeating former world no. 1 players Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka, respectively.

Personal life[edit]

Giorgi was born in the small town of Macerata, Italy, near the Adriatic Sea.[1][2] Both her parents, Claudia (a fashion designer, who designs all her feminine tennis outfits—a different design for each match)[1][3] and Sergio Giorgi,[4] are from La Plata in Argentina, from where they emigrated to Italy.[1] The Giorgi family was based in Pisa, Italy, as of September 2013.[3] She is one of four children.[4] Her older brother Leandro is studying to be an actor, and younger brother Amadeus is a developing pro soccer player.[3] She has a sister named Antonela.[5] Her father was drafted in Argentina in 1982, and fought in the Falklands War. Camila is coached by her father.[6]

Career[edit]

Giorgi at the 2008 Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome

Junior career[edit]

Giorgi's passion for tennis began at a very young age. Following an initial interest in artistic gymnastics, she decided to devote herself to tennis after assisting in her brother's training, when she was just five years old. She was subjected to hard training by her father, Sergio. Two years later, Adriano Panatta, one of the greatest Italian tennis players said about her: "It's the first time I play a girl who plays like Andre Agassi."[3] In 2000 she was spotted by Nick Bollettieri, the famous tennis coach, who subsequently offered her seven months of training (previously offered only to Maria Sharapova).[3]

In November 2005 she reached the final of the Nike Junior Tour, but was defeated by Slovakia's Zuzana Luknarova. Camila reached the final at the Sey Development Cup in the Czech Republic, and the round of 16 at the Astrid Bowl in Belgium.

Professional debut: 2006[edit]

She started with $10,000 tournaments, and obtained her first significant results reaching two semi-finals in Baku and Jakarta. At the end of the season she took part in her first $25,000 tournament. She closed 2006 with 10 wins and 7 losses, and with a 944 ranking in the WTA.

2007[edit]

She obtained her best results in September at Limoges in France, reaching the quarter-finals in a $10,000 tournament; then in $25,000 tournaments that she played at the end of the season, in December, in Lagos, Nigeria, where she reached the quarterfinals.

2008[edit]

Giorgi started 2008 playing several tournaments in France, where she lived with her family, and reached her best WTA ranking, entering the top 600. In May she played for the first time qualifying for a major tournament circuit, thanks to a wild card obtained at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome. She lost to Jill Craybas, # 66 in the world, in a third set tie-breaker. She also played in the first round of the main draw in Rome Tevere Remo ($25,000), Contexeville ($50,000), and Rimini ($75,000). In Martina Franca ($25,000) she qualified and reached the second round. In November, in Saint Denis – The Reunion ($25,000), she reached the quarter-finals. Giorgi finished the year 480th in the WTA rankings.

2009[edit]

At the beginning of the season, Giorgi played few tournaments, failing to qualify for the main draw. She achieved her first important results in April, when she qualified for and reached the quarter-finals of two $25,000 tournaments. After some successes in tournaments in France, Giorgi won her first career ITF tournament in August, in Katowice ($25,000), starting again from qualifying and defeating players such as Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová (ranked # 105) and, in the final, Ksenia Pervak (ranked # 135). After another quarter-final in Nantes ($50,000), Giorgi ended with the victory in a $50,000 ITF tournament in Toronto. With these two successes, she ended the year with 33 wins and 12 defeats, and reached 285 in the WTA rankings.

2010[edit]

The year began poorly for Giorgi, in which she suffered three defeats in the first round in the first three months of the year. In June she reached the final of a $25,000 tournament, in Bratislava. In the summer she played several tournaments in America, where she went to live (in Miami, with her family), without remarkable results. In August, trying for the first time to qualify in a Grand Slam tournament – the U.S. Open – she was defeated in the first round. However in October, Camila won (losing only one set, in the first round) a $25,000 tournament in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

2011[edit]

In February, Giorgi reached the semi-finals in two ITF tournaments, but her best result came in May, where she reached the final of a $50,000 tournament, in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a week later triumphed in Carson ($50,000) yielding a single set and dominating the semi-final with an unprecedented double 6–0. In June, at Wimbledon, Giorgi passed the qualifiers and reached her first appearance in a major tournament, but she lost in the first round to eventual quarter-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova. Giorgi reached semifinals in two other tournaments before closing the year with 36 wins and 21 defeats, and 149th in the WTA rankings, reaching her best ranking in October (when she was no. 141 in the world).

2012[edit]

In February, Giorgi qualified for the 2012 Memphis International, where she shocked the no. 1 seed Nadia Petrova in straight sets before losing in the second round.

Giorgi fell in the final round of qualifying at the 2012 French Open but qualified for Wimbledon for the second year in a row. There, she scored her first Slam main draw win by beating compatriot Flavia Pennetta in the first round. Following victories over Anna Tatishvili and Nadia Petrova, she lost her fourth-round match to Agnieszka Radwańska.[7]

In June, it was reported that Giorgi was considering immigrating to Israel to help increase the prospects of the Israel Federation Cup team.[8] Raphael Gellar of Israel Sports Radio said she would be a significant asset for Israel, and that “Based on her ranking ... [she] would automatically ... [be] second on the team following Shahar Peer."[4]

In August, Giorgi got a wildcard to the 2012 Western & Southern Open, and defeated Francesca Schiavone in the first round.[9]

2013[edit]

While ailing from a shoulder injury, Giorgi lost in the first round in Brisbane, Sydney, and at the Australian Open. Her first win came in April, in Charleston, where she reached the second round but lost in straight sets to Serena Williams. Giorgi qualified for the main draw in Madrid, but lost in the first round to Nadia Petrova in three sets. Two weeks later Giorgi stunned world no. 13 Marion Bartoli in the first round in Strasbourg, but lost in the second round to Eugenie Bouchard.[9]

At the 2013 French Open, Giorgi lost again in the first round. Former top-15 player Peng Shuai defeated her in two sets. At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships Giorgi got to the third round, beating British wildcard Samantha Murray in straight sets and then Romanian no. 1 Sorana Cirstea. However, she lost in straight sets in the third round to eventual champion Marion Bartoli.

At the 2013 US Open, Giorgi had one of the biggest upsets of her career, defeating former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in three sets.[10] She subsequently lost to compatriot Roberta Vinci in the fourth round.[11]

2014[edit]

Giorgi started the year in Australia, where she fell in Sydney Qualifying and then competed at the 2014 Australian Open, where she reached for the first time the second round beating Australian wild card Storm Sanders in three sets. She lost in the next round to Alize Cornet . In February, Giorgi competed for the first time in the Fed Cup. She defeated Madison Keys to give upset winner Italy a 2–0 lead against the United States team.[12]

In March, Giorgi qualified for the main draw of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open. There, she beat Andrea Petkovic, Sorana Cirstea and former world no. 1 Maria Sharapova, ranked no. 5 during the tournament. With this victory, she improved her record to 3–2 lifetime against top-10 opponents.[13] She lost in the fourth round to eventual champion Flavia Pennetta.[14]

In April at the BNP Paribas Katowice Open she defeated defending champion Roberta Vinci, Shahar Peer, and Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the final, which she lost to Alizé Cornet in three sets after holding a match point at 5–4 in the third.[14] In Rome at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia Giorgi defeated Dominika Cibulkova in the first round, her fourth win over a top–10 player in her career. She lost in the following round to Christina McHale after winning the first set. Giorgi's final tournament before the French Open was at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, in which she drew Alizé Cornet for the third time in the season. Giorgi defeated the 2nd seeded Frenchwoman in three sets, recording her first win over Cornet and defeating a highly seeded player for the second consecutive year in Strasbourg. At the French Open, Giorgi defeated Bojana Jovanovski in the first round, but she lost to 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round.

Giorgi opened her grass court season at the Aegon Classic, making it to the second round before losing to Kirsten Flipkens. She next competed in Eastbourne, beating Victoria Azarenka in the first round before going down to Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals. At Wimbledon, she lost in the second round to Alison Riske of the United States.

Giorgi reached quarterfinals in Bad Gastein and then losing in the first rounds in Bastad, Montreal and Cincinnati. Giorgi made a surprising run in New Haven , defeating 3 Top 40 players before losing in the semifinal to Magdalena Rybarikova. She was upset early in the US Open however, losing to a ranked 221 in the world Anastasia Rodionova after serving for the match in the second set.

Giorgi lost in the opening rounds in Wuhan and Beijing to Elina Svitolina and Lucie Safarova respectively. She has broken her series of losses in Linz defeating Andrea Petkovic for the third time in the season. Then she advanced to her second WTA final without losing a set, but lost to Karolina Pliskova in three sets, again after holding a match point on the opponent's serve.The Italian has ended her season reaching quarterfinals in Moscow where she defeated the third seed Flavia Pennetta for the second time in her career before losing to Kateřina Siniaková in over three hours. Giorgi finished the season with 8-3 record against Top 20 players and reached a career-high ranking of 31 before the US Open.

Playing style[edit]

Camila Giorgi's two-handed backhand

Giorgi utilizes aggressive serve-forehand combinations.[15][16] She is primarily known for her tendency to aim for the lines.[3] During extended rallies, she often attempts to hit past a stationary opponent by directing shots toward the sidelines and the corners of the court. She will also use this tactic to move opponents around the baseline before changing direction.[17][18] She regularly hits deep returns, and takes the ball early while receiving.[16]

Giorgi uses a two-handed backhand and employs flat groundstrokes. Her tendency is to play near and inside the baseline.[16][19]

Controversy[edit]

Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated reported on January 10, 2014 regarding a long series of breached financial commitments by Giorgi. Sergio, Giorgi's father, was stated to be involved in no fewer than four scams for success fee sharing by Giorgi in return for cash to support Giorgi's tennis career. Dominic Owen, a well-regarded tennis pro at the Harbour Island Athletic Club & Spa in Tampa, works with a handful of tour players. In describing his dealings with Giorgi and her father, Owen has stated "They ripped me off the way they ripped off all these other people and figured it would go away, People say, 'Oh, it's the dad.' But she's 22 years old."[20]

Giorgi, who is noted for her usual calm and cool temperament on court, was criticized for smacking a ball into the stands during a match played at the 2014 Aegon International. Although nobody required medical attention, an elderly woman sitting in the first row was hit directly by the incoming ball. While Giorgi was not defaulted, she was issued a warning for ball abuse and would subsequently lose her quarterfinal encounter against Caroline Wozniacki.[21]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 13 April 2014 BNP Paribas Katowice Open, Katowice, Poland Hard (i) France Alizé Cornet 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 12 October 2014 Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria Hard (i) Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–7(5–7)

ITF singles finals (5–2)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (3–0)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 31 August 2009 Katowice, Poland Clay Russia Ksenia Pervak 6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. 19 November 2009 Toronto, Canada Hard Hungary Anikó Kapros 4–6, 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 1. 16 June 2010 Bratislava, Slovakia Clay Slovakia Lenka Juríková 2–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 18 October 2010 Rock Hill, United States Hard United States Irina Falconi 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 9 May 2011 Raleigh, United States Clay Slovenia Petra Rampre 3–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 22 May 2011 Carson, United States Hard United States Alexa Glatch 7–6(7–4), 6–1
Winner 5. 22 April 2012 Dothan, United States Clay Romania Edina Gallovits-Hall 6–2, 4–6, 6–4

Fed Cup participation[edit]

Giorgi debuted for the Italy Fed Cup team in 2014. She maintains a 1–1 singles record and a 0–1 doubles record (1–2 overall).

Singles (1–1)[edit]

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent W/L Result
2014 World Group 1R 8 February 2014  United States Hard (i) Madison Keys W 6–2, 6–1
2014 World Group SF 19 April 2014  Czech Republic Hard (i) Petra Kvitová L 4–6, 2–6

Doubles (0–1)[edit]

Edition Round Date Partner Against Surface Opponents W/L Result
2014 World Group SF 20 April 2014 Karin Knapp  Czech Republic Hard (i) Andrea Hlaváčková
Klára Koukalová
L 6–2, 5–7, [9–11]

Head-to-head vs. top 10 ranked players[edit]

Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.

Wins over Top 10's per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2012
1. Italy Sara Errani No. 6 Beijing, China Hard 1st Round 5–4, retired
2013
2. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 8 US Open, New York City, United States Hard 3rd Round 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
2014
3. Russia Maria Sharapova No. 5 Indian Wells, United States Hard 3rd Round 6–3, 4–6, 7–5
4. Slovakia Dominika Cibulková No. 10 Rome, Italy Clay 1st Round 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
5. Belarus Victoria Azarenka No. 8 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass 1st Round 4–6, 6–3, 7–5

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 1R 2R 1–2
French Open A A A A Q3 1R 2R 1–2
Wimbledon A A A 1R 4R 3R 2R 6–4
US Open A A Q1 Q2 1R 4R 1R 3–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–2 5–4 3–4 11–11
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held A NH 0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Absent 4R 3–1
Miami Absent 1R Q1 0–1
Madrid NH Absent 1R Q2 0–1
Beijing Tier II Absent 2R A 1R 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 3–2 4–5
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Doha A Not Held P Absent 0–0
Rome Q1 Absent 2R 1–1
Canada Absent 1R 0–1
Cincinnati Absent 2R A 1R 1–2
Tokyo Absent 1R A NP5 0–1
Wuhan Not Held 1R 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–5 2–7
Career statistics 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 No.
Tournament Played 0 0 0 1 10 11 24 73
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 6–10 8–11 33–24 47–46
Year-End Ranking 480 285 244 149 79 93 35

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ a b "2014 results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
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  16. ^ a b c Pilhofer, Aron (2 September 2013). "What to Watch at the U.S. Open on Monday". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Coffey, Wayne (1 September 2013). "U.S. Open: Camila Giorgi upsets Caroline Wozniacki". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
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  19. ^ Wilks, Hannah (11 March 2014). "Maria Sharapova falls to qualifier Camila Giorgi in error-strewn Indian Wells third round". livetennis.com. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Camila Giorgi has talent to stay on Tour, but finding finances a struggle". Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
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