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Wang vs Giorgi WTA Bronx live streaming, preview and tips - Wang and Giorgi target Bronx Open final

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 23 Aug 2019
  • Wang Qiang vs Camila Giorgi is live from the Bronx around 2.30pm local time on Friday (7.30pm BST)
  • Giorgi has won both of their previous encounters
Wang Qiang (PA Images)

Chinese No. 1 Wang Qiang continues her bid for a third career WTA title when she takes on the hard-hitting Camila Giorgi in the NYJTL Bronx Open semi-finals on Friday.

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Top seed Wang Qiang and Italian powerhouse Camila Giorgi battle it out for a place in the NYJTL Bronx Open final on Friday.

Wang, the current World No. 18, began her Bronx Open campaign with a bye before taking out Fiona Ferro 6-1 6-4 and recovering from an opening set bagel to outlast Anna Blinkova 0-6 6-1 6-4 in Thursday’s quarter-finals. Wang dropped the first set in just 24 minutes but managed to find her groove as the match went on, and although there were some nervous moments as she was broken while attempting to serve out the match at 5-3 in the decider, she was able to bounce back and break Blinkova in the very next game to secure the victory and advance into the semi-finals.

"I didn’t have too much feeling in the first set," Wang said following her win. "In the second set, I started again, so I found my way."

Wang has taken her game to the next level over the last couple of seasons, especially last year as she registered several eye-catching results to break into the top 20 for the first time. The 27-year-old made the fourth round of Indian Wells and the third round of Roland Garros, but it was her results towards the end of the year that really stood out, with Wang winning her first WTA title in Nanchang in July before going 21-6 after making the U.S. Open third round, capturing her second WTA title in Guangzhou, finishing runner-up in Hong Kong and Zhuhai and reaching the semi-finals in Hiroshima, Wuhan and Beijing.

Wang remains in the top 20 at a current ranking of No. 19, but she hasn’t had a great 2019, posting a 16-14 record - which means she’s going to be under a lot of pressure to defend all of her upcoming points during the Asian swing. Wang’s best results have been reaching the quarter-finals in Miami, the fourth round of Miami and the third rounds of the Australian Open and Wimbledon, along with a quarter-final at the International-level WTA event in Prague, but she hadn’t made a semi-final until this week in the Bronx. Can she advance into a first final of the season on Friday?

Camila Giorgi stands in her way. The Italian has found her form again on American hardcourts after spending much of this season on the sidelines due to injury, dropping just one set on her way to the Bronx Open semi-finals, beating Margarita Gasparyan 6-3 6-2, Andrea Petkovic 3-6 7-5 7-6(3) and Alize Cornet in Thursday’s quarter-finals, crushing the Frenchwoman by a 6-2 6-1 scoreline.

A supremely talented and dangerous customer but extremely erratic, Giorgi is one of those players that doesn’t really have a ‘Plan B’ on court - it’s simply see the ball, hit it as hard as she can, and hope that it goes in. It’s an approach that has yielded mixed success for Giorgi throughout her career - on one hand she’s always a dangerous prospect for the best players in the world (she’s beaten nine top 10 players throughout her career), but on the other hand she rarely gets the chance to meet them deep into tournaments because her wildly fluctuating game means she’s always prone to early defeats against lesser players.

However, in saying that, Giorgi found a lot more consistency last year, hitting a career-high ranking of No. 26 in October after making her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon, winning her second career WTA title in Linz, reaching the semi-finals of Sydney, Prague and Tokyo and advancing to the third round of the French Open. It’s unfortunate that wrist and ankle injuries have caused Giorgi to lose her rhythm and drop down to a current ranking of No. 58, but she got back to winning ways in Washington earlier this month when she finished runner-up to Jessica Pegula, and with another deep run her in the Bronx before the U.S. Open, the Italian is laying the foundation for a strong end to 2019.

Giorgi has beaten Wang in both of their previous encounters, which came in 2017 in Prague and Shenzhen - and if she can play close to her best, she has the power and weapons to prevail again. Wang is a good counterpuncher and has the ability to absorb Giorgi’s groundstrokes and redirect them intelligently across the baseline, but when the Italian is in good form - as illustrated by dropping just three games against Cornet - she is usually very difficult to stop. It’s the classic match-up of the shotmaker up against the counterpuncher - and at this stage of the tournament, I’m leaning with the more aggressive Giorgi to power her way into the final.

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Wang vs Giorgi WTA Bronx live streaming, preview and tips - Wang and Giorgi target Bronx Open final

Chinese No. 1 Wang Qiang continues her bid for a third career WTA title when she takes on the hard-hitting Camila Giorgi in the NYJTL Bronx Open semi-finals on Friday.

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