Camila Giorgi (Italian pronunciation: [kaˈmiːla ˈdʒordʒi]; born 30 December 1991) is an Italian professional tennis player.
Giorgi won her first WTA Tour title at the 2015 Topshelf Open, and has also won five singles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 27 July 2015, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 30.
Giorgi’s biggest professional wins have come at the 2013 US Open, 2014 BNP Paribas Open, and 2014 Aegon International, defeating former world no. 1 players Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka, respectively.
Giorgi was born in Macerata, Italy to parents Claudia (a fashion designer, who designs all her feminine tennis outfits—a different design for each match) and Sergio Giorgi, who both moved to Italy from La Plata in Argentina. Sergio Giorgi was drafted in Argentina in 1982, and fought in the Falklands War; he now coaches Camila full-time. As of September 2013 the Giorgi family was based in the Italian city of Pisa.
Giorgi is one of four children. Her older brother Leandro is studying to be an actor, and younger brother Amadeus is a developing pro football player. She had a sister named Antonela who died in a car accident in Paris. Giorgi, who is Jewish, considered emigrating to Israel in 2012 after her father Sergio opened negotiations with the Israel Tennis Federation over the financial terms for her immigration.
Giorgi utilizes aggressive serve-forehand combinations. She is primarily known for her tendency to aim for the lines. During extended rallies, she often attempts to hit past a stationary opponent by directing shots toward the sidelines and the corners of the court. She will also use this tactic to move opponents around the baseline before changing direction. She regularly hits deep returns, and takes the ball early while receiving.
As of April 2015, she had won more matches against Top-10 players than she had lost, having prevailed in 19 of 34 matches. However, she frequently loses to players ranked comparable to, or well below, her. “[H]er play is often too erratic – she followed her result at the 2014 Indian Wells Masters tournament [defeating No. 4 seed, Maria Sharapova] by losing in the qualification round of the 2014 Sony Open [two weeks later] to Zarina Diyas.” She was then ranked 67, while Diyas was not in the Top 100.
Giorgi uses a two-handed backhand and employs flat groundstrokes. Her tendency is to play near and inside the baseline. She is known to be one of the hardest hitters on the tour, despite her height. Her serves are powerful but very inconsistent. Giorgi tends to hit two first serves, resulting in many double faults. Her preferred surfaces are the fast hard and grass courts.
Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated reported on January 10, 2014 regarding a long series of breached financial commitments by Giorgi. Sergio, Giorgi’s father, was stated to be involved in no fewer than four scams for success fee sharing by Giorgi in return for cash to support Giorgi’s tennis career. Dominic Owen, a well-regarded tennis pro at the Harbour Island Athletic Club & Spa in Tampa, works with a handful of tour players. In describing his dealings with Giorgi and her father, Owen has stated “They ripped me off the way they ripped off all these other people and figured it would go away, People say, ‘Oh, it’s the dad.’ But she’s 22 years old.”
Giorgi was criticized for smacking a ball into the stands during a match played at the 2014 Aegon International. Although nobody required medical attention, an elderly woman sitting in the first row was hit directly by the incoming ball. While Giorgi was not defaulted, she was issued a warning for ball abuse and would subsequently lose her quarterfinal encounter against Caroline Wozniacki.
WTA career finals
Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)|
|WTA Tour Championships (0–0)|
|Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)|
|Tier II / Premier (0–0)|
|Tier III, IV & V / International (1–3)|
|Runner-up||1.||13 April 2014||BNP Paribas Katowice Open, Katowice, Poland||Hard (i)||Alizé Cornet||6–7(3–7), 7–5, 5–7|
|Runner-up||2.||12 October 2014||Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria||Hard (i)||Karolína Plíšková||7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||3.||12 April 2015||BNP Paribas Katowice Open, Katowice, Poland||Hard (i)||Anna Karolína Schmiedlová||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||1.||14 June 2015||Topshelf Open, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Belinda Bencic||7–5, 6–3|
ITF singles finals (5–2)
|Winner||1.||31 August 2009||Katowice, Poland||Clay||Ksenia Pervak||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||2.||19 November 2009||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Anikó Kapros||4–6, 6–4, 6–0|
|Runner-up||1.||16 June 2010||Bratislava, Slovakia||Clay||Lenka Juríková||2–6, 1–6|
|Winner||3.||18 October 2010||Rock Hill, United States||Hard||Irina Falconi||6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||9 May 2011||Raleigh, United States||Clay||Petra Rampre||3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||4.||22 May 2011||Carson, United States||Hard||Alexa Glatch||7–6(7–4), 6–1|
|Winner||5.||22 April 2012||Dothan, United States||Clay||Edina Gallovits-Hall||6–2, 4–6, 6–4|
Fed Cup participation
Giorgi debuted for the Italy Fed Cup team in 2014.
|2014 Fed Cup||World Group||8 February 2014||United States||Hard (i)||Madison Keys||W||6–2, 6–1|
|World Group semifinals||19 April 2014||Czech Republic||Hard (i)||Petra Kvitová||L||4–6, 2–6|
|2015 Fed Cup||World Group||7 February 2015||France||Clay (i)||Alizé Cornet||W||6–4, 6–2|
|8 February 2015||Caroline Garcia||L||6–4, 0–6, 2–6|
|World Group Play-offs||18 April 2015||United States||Clay (i)||Serena Williams||L||6–7(5–7), 2–6|
|2014 Fed Cup||World Group semifinals||20 April 2014||Karin Knapp||Czech Republic||Hard (i)||Andrea Hlaváčková
|L||2–6, 7–5, [9–11]|
Head-to-head vs. top 10 ranked players
Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.
- Andrea Petkovic 3–1
- Flavia Pennetta 3–1
- Dominika Cibulkova 2–0
- Nadia Petrova 2–1
- Garbine Muguruza 2-1
- Francesca Schiavone 1–0
- Sara Errani 1–0
- Victoria Azarenka 1–0
- Maria Sharapova 1–0
- Vera Zvonareva 1-0
- Caroline Wozniacki 2–2
- Marion Bartoli 1–1
- Agnieszka Radwanska 1–1
- Carla Suarez Navarro 1-2
- Lucie Safarova 0–1
- Eugenie Bouchard 0–1
- Petra Kvitová 0–1
- Venus Williams 0–1
- Simona Halep 0-1
- Jelena Jankovic 0-1
- Svetlana Kuznetsova 0–2
- Serena Williams 0–2
Wins over Top 10’s per season
|1.||Sara Errani||No. 6||Beijing, China||Hard||1st Round||5–4, retired|
|2.||Caroline Wozniacki||No. 8||US Open, New York City, United States||Hard||3rd Round||4–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|3.||Maria Sharapova||No. 5||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||3rd Round||6–3, 4–6, 7–5|
|4.||Dominika Cibulková||No. 10||Rome, Italy||Clay||1st Round||6–4, 7–6(7–2)|
|5.||Victoria Azarenka||No. 8||Eastbourne, United Kingdom||Grass||1st Round||4–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|6.||Agnieszka Radwańska||No. 9||Katowice Open, Katowice, Poland||Hard (i)||Semifinals||6–4, 6–2|
Singles performance timeline
Won tournament; reached the Finals; Semifinals; Quarterfinals; Rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; reached a Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup – / Fed Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a Bronze, Silver (F or S) or Gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player’s participation in the tournament has ended.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Summer Olympics||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||0–0|
|WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|WTA Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai||NP5||Absent||Not Premier 5||2R||1–1|