Giorgi powers to Montreal title with Pliskova shock

Camila Giorgi pulled off a shock win to lift the Omnium Banque Nationale title, defeating former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-5, in her first ever WTA 1000 final

Camila Giorgi at Montreal in 2021
  • What happened: The unseeded Camila Giorgi won the biggest title of her career.
  • You will also learn: Giorgi’s impressive track record against Pliskova so far this year.
  • Why you should read this story: Both players now rise up the rankings with their campaigns in Montreal.

Camila Giorgi pulled off a shock win to lift the Omnium Banque Nationale title, defeating former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-5, in her first ever WTA 1000 final.

Giorgi had two wins over Pliskova already in 2021 – once in Eastbourne and once in the Tokyo Olympic Games – but neither was in a tour final, and the tournament’s fourth seed was the heavy favourite going into the match.

Giorgi got the early break to move 4-3 ahead and consolidated it to take the first set.

And Pliskova’s usually reliable serve began to let her down, with two double-faults helping the Italian to break and take a 3-1 lead in the second set.

The Czech broke back immediately to get things back on serve, but Giorgi played with intensity and power, forcing her opponent far behind the baseline.

And another double-fault from Pliskova handed Giorgi the opportunity she needed to wrap up the match.

Giorgi’s previous best performance in Canada was in 2016, when she reached the second round as a qualifier, and she was the first Italian woman to reach the singles final in Canada, having gone one better than former semi-finalist Sara Errani, who lost to Simona Halep in the last four back in 2015.

Pliskova already knew she would now return to the Top 5 in the rankings for the first time in 18 months – and now Giorgi moves back into the Top 35 for the first time in over two years with this title.

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