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Italy’s Giorgi defeats Pegula to set Montreal final with Pliskova

Fourth seed Karolina Pliskova will play world number 71 Camila Giorgi in the final of the National Bank Open after both came through Saturday’s semi-finals.

Camila Giorgi, Montréal 2021 Eric Bolte

World No 71 Camila Giorgi progressed to the Omnium Banque Nationale final with a three-set win over Jessica Pegula in two hours and 11 minutes.

The 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win means the Italian qualified for her first career WTA 1000 final. She has now won 12 matches against top-50 opponents in 2021, and six against the top-20.

Giorgi had toppled seventh seed Petra Kvitova, ninth seed Elise Mertens and 15th seed Cori Gauff on her route to the decider.

“I’m very happy because actually today was I think great match, even if the second set maybe I didn’t play my game. I lost a little bit the rhythm. But then I came back and was I think a third set amazing.”

The Italian will now face Karolina Pliskova in the Montreal final, who beat Aryna Sabalenka in the day’s first semi-final.

“I think it’s going to be another great match,” predicted Giorgi in her post-match press conference. “I’m just going to focus on my game, like I do as usual, then we’ll see. It’s going to be a good match.”

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