Camila Giorgi reached the final of the Merida Open on Friday. The Italian, who won her quarter-final match against Sloane Stephens 6-0, 6-0 in just over 45 minutes, had to work hard to defeat Katerina Siniakova. Giorgi prevailed 7-5, 7-6(2) in two hours and 11 minutes.
In the first set, the Czech built a 4-2 lead for herself only to see it come crashing down as Giorgi raced away with the momentum to take the set 7-5. In the second set, it was Giorgi’s turn to be pegged back by the fourth set with her lead sitting at 5-2.
However, in the eventual tie-break, Giorgi once again dominated the proceedings as she dropped merely two points to take it and consequently, the match. Giorgi won 83% of her first-serve points to Siniakova’s 64%. Both players didn’t win as many points on their second serves.
Giorgi won 37% to Siniakova’s 32%. Giorgi saved six of the nine break points she faced while converting four break points on Siniakova’s serve. Giorgi hit 25 winners and had 23 unforced errors. Siniakova had 17 winners and almost twice as many unforced errors, 33.
Merida Open: A final after a long time for Camila Giorgi, Rebecca Peterson
In the final, Giorgi will play Rebecca Peterson. The Swede needed three sets and two hours and 47 minutes to beat Cathy McNally, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4.
Peterson won 64% of her first-serve points to McNally’s 55%. Peterson won 13 of 30 points played on her second serve. McNally won 10 of 31 points on her second serve. The match had a total of 20 break points. Peterson saved three of eight break points she faced while converting four of 12 break points on the American’s serve.
Peterson won 111 points to McNally’s 93 for the match. The Merida Open final’s the first Camila Giorgi’s reached since her winning efforts at the 2021 Montreal Open. This is the third final Rebecca Peterson’s reached in her career, coming almost four years since she reached her last, at the 2019 Tianjin Open. Photo Credit: Merida Open Twitter
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