Camila Giorgi will be seeking to maintain her winning head-to-head record on Saturday when she plays Caroline Wozniacki in Saturday’s most engaging match-up on the women’s side. Giorgi defeated Wozniacki at the same stage at the US Open in 2013, coming from a set down to win, 4-6 6-4 6-3. Giorgi also won their last match in New Haven last year. The Italian player has enjoyed success on the grass this year, winning her first title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the first week of the grass court season. Giorgi started off with a couple of error-strewn performances that featured many, many double faults. However by the end of the week she had really settled down and played a near perfect final to edge out Belinda Bencic in two tight sets.
Giorgi has won both her matches this week in straight sets against Teliana Pereira (7-6(4) 6-3) and Lara Arrubarrena (6-0 7-6(5)). Against Arruabarrena, Giorgi dropped just six points in the first set, but nearly let things slip in the second set. Giorgi fought back from a break down, but then missed four match points. The set progressed into a tiebreak where Giorgi failed to convert on another two match points before finally sealing the win on her sixth match point. Giorgi’s confidence may have taken a bit of a blow in Eastbourne where she lost a match against Daria Gavrilova having had a match point. This win over Arruabarrena in those circumstances would have been a boost.
Wozniacki hasn’t dropped a set in her first two matches, but each of them featured a close set. Wozniacki came from a double break down in the first set of her first round match against Saisai Zheng, while she nearly let slip a 5-1 second set lead in her second round match against Denisa Allertova before eventually winning the second set tiebreak. Allertova had a horrible miss in the middle of the tiebreak while Wozniacki, who spent the end of the set firmly behind the baseline, managed to come forward to put a volley away on match point.
Wozniacki has reached the last 16 on four occasions but is yet to reach that elusive quarter-final at Wimbledon. She will do really well to get out of this one and into the second week. Giorgi has plenty of grass court matches under her belt and she knows that she can beat Wozniacki and hit her off the court. The Dane is unlikely to get the job done perched way behind the baseline waiting for errors. Originally I went for Wozniacki in this one in my pre-draw predictions but I haven’t been impressed with the Dane so far this week. I’m going for the upset…
Prediction: Giorgi d. Wozniacki in 2 tight sets