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An evening of surprises in Montreal

An evening of surprises in Montreal

Italian Camila Giorgi surprised American Coco Gauff with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory on Friday night at the Montreal National Bank of Montreal, to qualify for the first semi-final of her career in a tournament of this caliber. Master Series 1000.

She will face American Jessica Pegula, who beat Canadian Bianca Andreescu of Tunisia (seeded 13) in three sets 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0.

Giorgi completely controlled the first match of the evening programme, and easily won the first match hiring On the count 6-4.

Giorgi came close to breaking Gauff in the third game of the first set but the youngster fought back four times. But she succeeded on her next attempt, in Game Five, to take a 3-2 lead. The rest was just a formality for the world’s 71st racket.

Goff started the second group with more conviction. In the second match, the burning WTA star broke his strong opponent, increasing his lead to 2-0.

Late with a 3-1 score, Giorgi rebounded with a decisive break to close the gap to 3-2. Then I confirmed this tie to tie the score 3-3.

Giorgi returned to the attack in the ninth inning, and made another important break that allowed him to serve in the match. But she missed her chance. Result: We’re back to square one at 5-5!

Never two without three! Giorgi responded with another break, the third in a row, to come close to a win. But again, it failed the mission.

Once she reached the tiebreak, she took the opportunity to end the hostilities. Watch the highlights of the fencing in the video above.

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In French please!

Gyorgy was clearly proud of her performance in her post-match interview, which she took the trouble to do in French, to the delight of the audience (see in the video below):

“It’s a good week, especially since all my matches weren’t easy, so I’m happy,” she said.

“I’m really happy! I play tennis well.”

Giorgi has yet to lose a single round since the start of the event.

His service is spot on. Against Gauff, she showed an 80% success rate on her first ball, as well as winning 65% of rallies when one of them was playing.

Gauff fought a roller coaster on her serve, hitting 74% of her first balls, as well as hitting five aces. However, she only won 59% of the run when the ball was first in play and offered 12 break points to her opponent.

Image source: AFP

Advantage or disadvantage?

If most players have experienced the oppressive heat this week, Gauff arrives nonetheless addicted at this point in the tournament, which had previously spent less than 90 minutes on the field.

After her fairly quick win (67 minutes) in the match against Latvia’s Anastasia Sevastova, the 17-year-old, seeded 15th and 24th in the WTA standings, reached straight into the quarter-finals when Britain’s Joanna Konta withdrew. due to an injury to the left knee.

In the second round of the competition, Gauff’s presence on the field was also shortened, to exactly 20 minutes. Lead 5-0 at the start hiring, she saw the withdrawal of the Russian Anastasia Potapova.

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In the meantime, Giorgi was more active. But it didn’t last forever, as she won both of her previous matches in two sets.

– With QMI

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