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Camila Giorgi secures semi-berth with victory over Coco Gauff

Montreal, August 14 (IANS) Camila Giorgi avenged a recent loss to American teenager Coco Gauff when the Italian disrupted the 15th seed to advance to the semifinals of the National Bank Open this Saturday (IST).

In the last four, she meets Jessica Pegula from the USA, who won a tough competition against No. 13 seed Ons Jabeur in Tunisia.

Camila defeated No. 15 seed Coco, 6-4, 7-6 (2), in their quarterfinal showdown.

“I think it was a great match,” Camila was quoted as saying by wtatennis.com. “I think I was very consistent. It was an amazing level, I think. ”

It took an hour and 39 minutes for former top-30 player Camila to oust the American teenager and extend her career-best performance in Canada. Camila had never reached the quarterfinals at this event before this season.

World number 71 Camila has now eliminated three top-25 players from the Montreal event this week. The Italian disturbed No. 9 seed Elise Mertens from Belgium in the first round and No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic in the round of 16.

Coco had defeated Giorgi in straight sets in their only previous meeting, which came during the American’s race for the title on the clay courts in Parma earlier this year in Camila’s home country.

However, Camila turned the table on the Canadian hardcourts and won 62 percent of the points from Coco’s second serve, leading to four breaks over two close sets.

“I think this is the first time I have no interruption,” Camila said of her strong form. “I play many, many tournaments this year without stopping. So I think that’s the key. I did not have [this] in other years. I think I’ve always had some physical problem, or injury, or something. So now I think I’m really playing my game. ”

Next up for Camila will be a semifinal showdown against Jessica Pegula of the United States, who staged a fine comeback to overcome the No.13 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0.

Jessica had already beaten Ons once in Canada, after beating the Tunisian out in their first meeting, on her way to her maiden WTA final in Quebec City 2018.

–IANS

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