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Merida Open: Giorgi double bagels Stephens to reach semi-finals

The Italian will face Czech Katerina Siniakova, the No 4 seed, in the semi-final

Camila Giorgi at the 2023 Australian Open Camila Giorgi at the 2023 Australian Open Image Credit: AI/Reuters/Panoramic
Mérida Open Akron •Quarter-final • completed
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Italy’s Camila Giorgi dished out a double bagel to former US Open champion Sloane Stephens, the No 2 seed, to move into the semi-finals of the Mérida Open at the Yucatan Country Club on Friday

Giorgi took only 47 minutes to beat Stephens 6-0, 6-0, dropping just 20 points during the contest and did not face a single break point on her serve. The Italian earned 12 break chances on Stephens’ serve and was able to convert six of them.

With the win, the Italian has set up a semi-final showdown against fourth seed Katerina Siniakova. The Czech defeated Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto, the No 7 seed, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 in another quarter-final.

Giorgi has not dropped a set this week in Merida, having beaten Egyptian Mayar Sherif, the No 6 seed (6-4, 6-2) and Spaniard Nuria Parrizas Diaz (7-6 (5), 6-2) in her previous matches.

Stephens, ranked No 41, had won against French qualifier Leolia Jeanjean (6-1, 6-3) and edged out Russian lucky loser Varvara Gracheva (5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (5)) earlier in the tournament.

Mérida WTA 250, quarter-final matches (Yucatan Country Club, hard, USD 259,303)

  • Rebecca Peterson (Q) beat Magda Linette (1): 6-2, 6-4
  • Catherine McNally beat Kimberly Birrell (Q): 6-4, 6-3
  • Elisabetta Cocciaretto vs. Katerina Siniakova
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