Camila Giorgi at the 2014 US Open.
30 December 1991 |
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||242–166 (59.31%)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||30 (27 July 2015)|
|Current ranking||35 (4 January 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2015)|
|French Open||2R (2014, 2015)|
|US Open||4R (2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2013)|
|Last updated on: 5 January 2015.|
Giorgi won her first WTA Tour title at the 2015 Topshelf Open, and has also won five singles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 27 July 2015, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 30.
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.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 Playing style
- 4 Controversy
- 5 WTA career finals
- 6 Fed Cup participation
- 7 Head-to-head vs. top 10 ranked players
- 8 Wins over Top 10's per season
- 9 Singles performance timeline
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Giorgi was born in Macerata, Italy to parents Claudia (a fashion designer, who designs all her feminine tennis outfits—a different design for each match) and Sergio Giorgi, who both moved to Italy from La Plata in Argentina. Sergio Giorgi was drafted in Argentina in 1982, and fought in the Falklands War; he now coaches Camila full-time. As of September 2013 the Giorgi family was based in the Italian city of Pisa.
Giorgi is one of four children. Her older brother Leandro is studying to be an actor, and younger brother Amadeus is a developing pro football player. She had a sister named Antonela who died in a car accident in Paris. Giorgi, who is Jewish, considered emigrating to Israel in 2012 after her father Sergio opened negotiations with the Israel Tennis Federation over the financial terms for her immigration.
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." 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).
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, 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.
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.
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).
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.
In June, it was reported that Giorgi was considering immigrating to Israel to play on the Israel Federation Cup team. Raphael Gellar of Israel Sports Radio said that "based on her ranking ... [she] would automatically ... [be] second on the team following Shahar Peer."
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.
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. She subsequently lost to compatriot Roberta Vinci in the fourth round.
2014: Breakthrough, 2 WTA finals
Giorgi competed at the 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, despite 4–1 lead in decider. In February, Giorgi competed for the first time in the Fed Cup. She defeated Madison Keys and Italy went on to defeat the United States team 3–1.
In March, Giorgi qualified for the main draw in Indian Wells. 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. She lost in the fourth round to eventual champion Flavia Pennetta.
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. In Rome Giorgi defeated top 10 player Dominika Cibulkova in the first round, but lost to Christina McHale after winning the first set. Giorgi finally beat Alizé Cornet who was second seed in Strasbourg, after losing two significant matches to her. 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 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. Giorgi reached quarterfinals in Bad Gastein and then lost in the first round at next three tournaments. Giorgi made a good run in New Haven, defeating Caroline Wozniacki who would finish summer hard court season with 19–4 and Garbine Muguruza, 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.
2015: First WTA title
Giorgi played in Hobart and reached quarterfinals, despite serving 23 double faults in the first round against Storm Sanders. At the Australian Open Giorgi reached the third round for the first time, beating Flavia Pennetta and Tereza Smitková, before losing to Venus Williams, despite serving for the match in the second set. Giorgi played in Fed Cup and beat Alize Cornet to give 2-0 lead against France. However, she lost her second match to Caroline Garcia, and Italy later lost the tie being the first ever team to lose after 2-0 lead in World Group.
After early losses in Indian Wells and Miami, Giorgi once again performed well in Katowice, reaching her second consecutive final by defeating top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinal. In the final however she fell to Anna Karolína Schmiedlová in straight sets.
After a close match with world #1 Serena Williams, Giorgi endured a disappointing clay court season, losing in the first round of her three warm-up events for the French Open. She secured her first win in five matches against Tatjana Maria in the first round of the French Open before falling to eventual Quarterfinalist Garbiñe Muguruza in straight sets in the second round.
Giorgi returned to form at the start of the grass court season, claiming her first WTA Tour title at the Topshelf Open in Rosmalen, defeating Irina Falconi, Dutch wildcard Michaella Krajicek, Yaroslava Shvedova in the quarterfinals where Giorgi saved 3 match points in the final set tiebreak, home favourite Kiki Bertens in the semifinals and Belinda Bencic in the final with a score of 7-5, 6-3.
At the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, Giorgi was the no. 31 seed and defeated Teliana Pereira and Lara Arruabarrena in the first and second rounds, respectively, then lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the third round.
Giorgi utilizes aggressive serve-forehand combinations. She is primarily known for her tendency to aim for the lines. 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. She regularly hits deep returns, and takes the ball early while receiving.
As of April 2015, she had won more matches against Top-10 players than she had lost, having prevailed in 19 of 34 matches. However, she frequently loses to players ranked comparable to, or well below, her. "[H]er play is often too erratic – she followed her result at the 2014 Indian Wells Masters tournament [defeating No. 4 seed, Maria Sharapova] by losing in the qualification round of the 2014 Sony Open [two weeks later] to Zarina Diyas." She was then ranked 67, while Diyas was not in the Top 100.
Giorgi uses a two-handed backhand and employs flat groundstrokes. Her tendency is to play near and inside the baseline. She is known to be one of the hardest hitters on the tour, despite her height. Her serves are powerful but very inconsistent. Giorgi tends to hit two first serves, resulting in many double faults. Her preferred surfaces are the fast hard and grass courts.
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."
Giorgi 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.
WTA career finals
Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)
|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 (1–3)|
|Runner-up||1.||13 April 2014||BNP Paribas Katowice Open, Katowice, Poland||Hard (i)||Alizé Cornet||6–7(3–7), 7–5, 5–7|
|Runner-up||2.||12 October 2014||Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria||Hard (i)||Karolína Plíšková||7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||3.||12 April 2015||BNP Paribas Katowice Open, Katowice, Poland||Hard (i)||Anna Karolína Schmiedlová||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||1.||14 June 2015||Topshelf Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Belinda Bencic||7–5, 6–3|
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|
Fed Cup participation
Giorgi debuted for the Italy Fed Cup team in 2014.
|2014 Fed Cup||World Group||8 February 2014||Template:Fed||Hard (i)||Madison Keys||W||6–2, 6–1|
|World Group semifinals||19 April 2014||Template:Fed||Hard (i)||Petra Kvitová||L||4–6, 2–6|
|2015 Fed Cup||World Group||7 February 2015||Template:Fed||Clay (i)||Alizé Cornet||W||6–4, 6–2|
|8 February 2015||Caroline Garcia||L||6–4, 0–6, 2–6|
|World Group Play-offs||18 April 2015||Template:Fed||Clay (i)||Serena Williams||L||6–7(5–7), 2–6|
|2014 Fed Cup||World Group semifinals||20 April 2014||Karin Knapp||Template:Fed||Hard (i)||Andrea Hlaváčková
|L||2–6, 7–5, [9–11]|
Head-to-head vs. top 10 ranked players
Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.
- Andrea Petkovic 3–1
- Flavia Pennetta 3–1
- Dominika Cibulkova 2–0
- Nadia Petrova 2–1
- Garbine Muguruza 2-1
- Francesca Schiavone 1–0
- Sara Errani 1–0
- Victoria Azarenka 1–0
- Maria Sharapova 1–0
- Vera Zvonareva 1-0
- Caroline Wozniacki 2–2
- Marion Bartoli 1–1
- Agnieszka Radwanska 1–1
- Carla Suarez Navarro 1-2
- Lucie Safarova 0–1
- Eugenie Bouchard 0–1
- Petra Kvitová 0–1
- Venus Williams 0–1
- Simona Halep 0-1
- Jelena Jankovic 0-1
- Svetlana Kuznetsova 0–2
- Serena Williams 0–2
Wins over Top 10's per season
|1.||Sara Errani||No. 6||Beijing, China||Hard||1st Round||5–4, retired|
|2.||Caroline Wozniacki||No. 8||US Open, New York City, United States||Hard||3rd Round||4–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|3.||Maria Sharapova||No. 5||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||3rd Round||6–3, 4–6, 7–5|
|4.||Dominika Cibulková||No. 10||Rome, Italy||Clay||1st Round||6–4, 7–6(7–2)|
|5.||Victoria Azarenka||No. 8||Eastbourne, United Kingdom||Grass||1st Round||4–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|6.||Agnieszka Radwańska||No. 9||Katowice Open, Katowice, Poland||Hard (i)||Semifinals||6–4, 6–2|
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Summer Olympics||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||0–0|
|WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|WTA Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai||NP5||Absent||Not Premier 5||2R||1–1|
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