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Giorgi vs Linette WTA Bronx Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Giorgi and Linette battle for inaugural Bronx title

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 24 Aug 2019
  • Camila Giorgi vs Magda Linette is live from Bronx on Saturday, 24 August from 2:00pm local time/ 7:00pm BST
  • Giorgi won their only previous meeting in Katowice in 2015
Camila Giorgi (PA Sport)

Camila Giorgi seeks her third WTA title on Saturday when she takes on Polish qualifier, Magda Linette in the final of the inaugural Bronx Open.

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Italian, Giorgi is into her second final in August, having also contested the title match at the Citi Open in Washington, where she lost to Jessica Pegula earlier in the month. This is her eighth tour-level final, with her two previous titles coming in s-Hertogenbosch in 2015, and Linz in 2018. 

It has been a welcome return to form for Giorgi, who laboured for match wins in the first half of the year, and spent time away from the sport due to a wrist injury. The 27-year-old started her season in Sydney, where she made the second round, before reaching the third round of the Australian Open, but she lost opening round matches in Doha and Miami, and missed the next three months due to her wrist problem. The Italian returned for the grass court season, but suffered more opening round exits at s-Hertogenbosch and Wimbledon, stretching her losing streak to seven matches.

Giorgi, who had begun the year inside the top-30, was ranked outside the top-60 after Wimbledon, but she has gained a few spots over the last month, reaching finals in Washington and now, Bronx. Heading into Washington without a win since the Australian Open, the explosive Italian produced a fine run to the final, beating Sachia Vickery, Rebecca Peterson, Zarina Diyas and Catherine McNally before falling to Pegula in the title match. She lost successive first round matches at the big Premier-5 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati, but she has been back to winning ways in Bronx, defeating Margarita Gasparyan, Andrea Petkovic, Alize Cornet and Qiang Wang to take her place in her eighth career final.

Two of those wins were in straight sets (against Gasparyan and Cornet), but twice she has had to battle from a set down to win, including against Wang in the semis. Giorgi also saved four match points in that contest before pulling off a battling 4-6 6-4 7-6 victory.

“Each point, I was there," Giorgi said after the match. "I was trying to do my best, run the balls down and play my game." "It’s weird, because I didn’t have so many matches this year… but I think I was very consistent, and I was focusing on each point. Nothing else."

She will face qualifier, Magda Linette in Saturday's final, with Poland's Linette seeking her maiden WTA title.


Linette has been to one previous final, in Tokyo in 2015, which she lost against Yanina Wickmayer.

A terrific week in Bronx has included straight sets victories over Gabriela Dabrowski, Sophia Chang and Anna Blinkova in the qualifying rounds, and four quality wins over Kaia Kanepi, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Karolina Muchova and Katerina Siniakova in the main draw.

She dropped just one set across all seven matches, against Muchova in the quarter finals, recovering from a set down to win 6-7 6-4 7-6 in the longest match of the tournament at two hours and 47 minutes. Against Siniakova in the semi-finals, she twice fought back from a break down in the first set, including breaking back when Siniakova served for the set at 5-4, but after eking out the opener on a tie break, converting her sixth set point, the Pole dominated the second set, breaking twice en route a 7-6 6-2 victory.

Prior to Bronx, her best effort this season was a semi-final run at the WTA International tournament in Hua Hin in February, where she was beaten by Dayana Yastremska. She also made the third round at Wimbledon, taking out Anna Kalinskaya and Amanda Anisimova before falling to Petra Kvitova. Her only other WTA match wins were in Hobart, Indian Wells, Bogota and Roland Garros, getting through the opening rounds in all four tournaments, but falling in the second round. She also won a W100 title in Manchester in June.

Currently ranked 80th in the world, Linette has been as high as 55th, a mark she reached in February last year. She is projected to move up to 62nd with her run to the Bronx final, and will definitely reach a new career high ranking if she claims the title. 

She's got a formidable obstacle in Giorgi, who won their only previous meeting in Katowice in 2015. At her best, Giorgi is at least top-30 quality, capable of mixing it up with some of the best in the business, and after her injury problems, she certainly appears to have regained her best form over the last month. I think the swashbuckling Italian will be just too good for Linette in Bronx on Saturday. 

Camila Giorgi vs Magda Linette is live from Bronx on Saturday, 24 August from 2:00pm local time/ 7:00pm BST


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Giorgi vs Linette WTA Bronx Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Giorgi and Linette battle for inaugural Bronx title

Camila Giorgi will attempt to win her third career title, while Magda Linette goes for her first WTA crown when they meet in the Bronx final on Saturday. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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