Camila Giorgi, Wimbledon 2011
|Residence||Miami, Florida, USA and France|
31 December 1991 |
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 73 (18 February 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 79 (9 September 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2013)|
|French Open||1R (2013)|
|US Open||4R (2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2013)|
|Last updated on: 9 July 2012.|
Camila Giorgi (born 31 December 1991, in Macerata, Italy) is a professional Italian tennis player of Argentinian background. Despite being one of the smallest players on the women's tour, she plays with a very aggressive style.
At the 2013 US Open, Giorgi defeated former world # 1 Caroline Wozniacki. Her highest WTA singles ranking is world number 73, which she achieved on 18 February 2013.
Giorgi is Jewish, and was born into a Jewish family in the small town of Macerata, Italy, near the Adriatic Sea. Both her parents, Claudia (a fashion designer) and Sergio Giorgi, are from La Plata in Argentina, from where they emigrated to Italy. The Giorgi family is now based in Miami, Florida.
She is one of four children. Her older brother Leandro is studying to be an actor, and younger brother Amadeus is training to be a pro soccer player. She has a sister named Antonela. Her father was drafted in Argentina in 1982 and fought in the Falklands War. Camila is coached by her father. Her favorite book is The Diary of Anne Frank.
Camila's passion for tennis began at a very young age. Born as a promise of 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." In 2000 she was spotted by Nick Bollettieri, the famous tennis coach, who subsequently offered her seven months of training (previously done only with Maria Sharapova).
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
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.
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.
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.
At the beginning of the season Camila 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.
The year started badly 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.
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 number 141 in the world).
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 and number No. 16 seed Flavia Pennetta in the first round. In the second round, she beat Anna Tatishvili in straight sets. In the third round, she beat number No. 20 seed Nadia Petrova of Russia. In the fourth round, she played No. 3 Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland for a place in the quarterfinals. However, she lost in straight sets.
In June it was reported that Giorgi was considering immigrating to Israel to help increase the prospects of the Israel Federation Cup team. 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."
Because of 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 # 13 Marion Bartoli in the first round in Strasbourg, but lost in the second round to Eugenie Bouchard.
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 number one Sorana Cirstea, who was ranked # 22 in the world at the time. 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 # 1 Caroline Wozniacki in three sets. She subsequently lost to compatriot Roberta Vinci in the fourth round.
ITF singles finals (5–2)
|Winner||1.||31 August 2009||Katowice, Poland||Clay||Ksenia Pervak||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||2.||19 November 2009||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Anikó Kapros||4–6, 6–4, 6–0|
|Runner-up||1.||16 June 2010||Bratislava, Slovakia||Clay||Lenka Juríková||2–6, 1–6|
|Winner||3.||18 October 2010||Rock Hill, United States||Hard||Irina Falconi||6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||9 May 2011||Raleigh, United States||Clay||Petra Rampre||3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||4.||22 May 2011||Carson, United States||Hard||Alexa Glatch||7–6(7–4), 6–1|
|Winner||5.||22 April 2012||Dothan, United States||Clay||Edina Gallovits-Hall||6–2, 4–6, 6–4|
Grand Slam performance timeline
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.
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