Hold tight guys – a blockbuster second round match-up is coming your way! Fearless hard-hitter Camila Giorgi takes on another of her kind in the form of American Madison Keys.
Overview: Welcome back again, Madison Keys! For the second time this year, Keys underwent wrist surgery, but this time thankfully it was a minor one. (Read more about Keys’ surgery on the WTA website HERE) Keys’ results have not been outstanding this year as opposed to last season, her best being a round of 16 appearance at Indian Wells. The American went 1-4 during the clay court swing, losing to Petra Martic in the second round of the French Open due to that problematic wrist. However, the World No.18 is now fully motivated coming into Wimbledon and that showed as she ousted Nao Hibino emphatically, 6-4 6-2. Keys hit 20 winners to 14 unforced errors, which is decent, but her level will have to be improved against Camila Giorgi.
I mean I just said Keys’ level will have to be improved but seriously, you can play a match full of short balls and still win against Giorgi. However, if the Italian is on fire, there is no way you can do anything to stop her. That’s how fearless Giorgi’s game is. However it also results in little consistency which has happened throughout the whole year for her. The Italian player started 2016 at No.36, but only reached two quarterfinals and a final in Katowice. Having failed to defend her final points this year since that tournament has been cancelled, she dropped out of the Top 100 this April and is now only back into the Top 100 temporarily having reached the Birmingham quarterfinals. Giorgi beat Alize Cornet 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 yesterday in a performance full of winners and unforced errors at the same time. The number of errors will have to decrease against Keys but that is pretty rare with the World No.86!
Head to head: Keys won their previous encounter in the indoor hard court tournament in Linz, 6-3 6-4. Giorgi won the other meeting in Fed Cup.
Stat: Keys is 28-10 on the green stuff while Giorgi has a 32-16 record on grass, both players obviously like the surface.
Thoughts: This match is probably going to be an absolute thriller – though the quality may not be there always with the errors always creeping into both players’ games, especially Giorgi’s. Their game styles are similar, but the difference with Keys is she has that power & kick serve that always is trouble for the opponents. When the American gets the first serve in it’s always trouble for her opponents, having only dropped six points on the first serve to Hibino as compared to Giorgi who only won 59% of first serve points yesterday. It will ultimately come down to who can make less errors and dictate play – I’ll go for Keys who is the slightly more consistent of the two.