WTA Bronx: Camila Giorgi saves 4 MP's against Wang. Linette tops Siniakova


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WTA Bronx: Camila Giorgi saves 4 MP's against Wang. Linette tops Siniakova

Camila Giorgi didn't enjoy a successful season in the first six months of 2019, winning just three matches until Wimbledon and changing her fortune in Washington, reaching the final for the first big points of the season.

Following early losses in Montreal and Cincinnati, the Italian is back on the winning way in the Bronx, saving four match points against the top seed Qiang Wang in a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 victory after two hours and 38 minutes. Camila is through to the eighth WTA final and had to work really hard to earn it, trailing 5-3 in the decider and repelling one match point in the tenth game and three more in the tie break, also wasting one of her own at 6-5 to make drama complete.

It was their third encounter and the third victory for Camila who won one point more overall, with eight breaks of serve on both sides from 23 opportunities. Wang grabbed five straight games in the opener to move 5-2 up, suffering a break while serving for the set in the next game and bringing it home at 5-4 after just over 40 minutes.

They traded four breaks in the first five games of the second set and this time it was Giorgi who had the advantage in the decisive moments, delivering a break in game ten to secure the set and force a decider where Wang gained a 5-3 advantage after five consecutive breaks on both sides.

Serving for the victory, the Chinese squandered the match point in game ten, repelling one at 5-6 to set a tie break where she moved 6-3 up. Determined to cross the finish line first, the Italian rattled off five straight points to emerge at the top and advance into the final.

A qualifier Magda Linette defeated the 5th seed Katerina Siniakova 7-6, 6-2 in an hour and 30 minutes, beating the Czech for the third time in as many matches. The Pole is through to the second WTA final after Tokyo 2015, serving at only 45% but fending off four out of six break chances to keep the pressure on the other side of the net, scoring four breaks from 11 opportunities to seal the deal in straight sets and book the place in the title match.

The opening set lasted for an hour and Siniakova had the opportunity to make it faster, serving for it at 5-4 and wasting three break points at 5-5. Linette wasted four set points on the return in game 12 before winning the tie break 7-3 for the momentum ahead of set number two where she had the upper hand on both serve and return, securing breaks in games one and seven to seal the deal and march on.