WATCH: Camila Giorgi sends racket flying in Miami meltdown

Giorgi and Kaia Kanepi engaged in one of the tightest battles of the 2023 season.

by Dzevad Mesic
WATCH: Camila Giorgi sends racket flying in Miami meltdown

Camila Giorgi got extremely annoyed during her Miami first-round match against Kaia Kanepi as she sent her racket flying during the second-set tie-break. On Tuesday, Giorgi and Kanepi played one of the longest WTA matches in the season as the Italian edged out the Estonian 7-6 (4) 6-7 (4) 7-6 (4) in three hours and 32 minutes of play.

Giorgi was up by a break in the second set but she failed to close out the match as Kanepi forced a second-set tie-break. In the second-set tie-break, Giorgi lost her cool and sent her racket flying.

How Giorgi beat Kanepi?

Giorgi got off to a great start to the match, earning the first break of the match in the second game. Up by 3-0, Giorgi had a chance to go up by a double break but missed out on three break points.

In the seventh game, Kanepi missed out on her first break point but she broke back Giorgi in the ninth game - when the Italian was serving for the first set. After missing out on a set point in the ninth game, Giorgi also missed out on a set point in the 12th game as Kanepi managed to force a tie-break.

In the first-set tie-break, Kanepi opened a 3-0 lead before Giorgi won seven of the next eight points to win the opener. After winning the first set, Giorgi broke Kanepi in the first game of the second set. In the eighth game, Kanepi managed to break back Giorgi and tie the second set to four games apiece.

When Giorgi was serving to stay in the second set in the 12th game, she saved a set point. In the second-set tie-break, Giorgi had a 4-3 lead before Kanepi won the next four points to send the match into a decider. After losing the second set, Giorgi started the third set with a comfortable 5-0 lead.

But Giorgi then missed out on match points in the ninth and 10th games as Kanepi managed to force another tie-break. Fortunately for Giorgi, she was able to keep her focus and realize her fourth match point in the tie-break to escape with a three-set win.

Camila Giorgi Kaia Kanepi