Camila Giorgi vs. Caroline Wozniacki
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 18, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Caroline Wozniacki and Camila Giorgi meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Pan Pacific Open.
Caroline Wozniacki enters this tournament in need of some victories, as she hasn’t been the same since winning the Eastbourne International, losing four of her last five matches. Wozniacki is coming off a loss in the US Open in which she had 35 unforced errors and won just 50 percent of her total service points. The errors is the most concerning, as Wozniacki is usually one or the more clean tennis players you’ll find, always keeping the ball in play and forcing her opponent to play that extra shot. Maybe the weeks off and the fast indoor court will help Wozniacki snap out of this funk. Either way, the Australian Open winner needs to find some confidence and can do so with a much needed victory here. Wozniacki has won four of her last five matches on indoor hard court.
Camila Giorgi is coming off a three sets win over Misaki Doi that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Giorgi won 88 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Giorgi won 73 percent of her total service points and didn’t face a single break point in a victory that took a little over an hour. Giorgi came into this tournament playing some really solid tennis, and she’s going to be a handful if she continues to serve the way she served in her opening match. Losing just three of 24 first serve points, Giorgi is coming off one of her more dominant performances we’ve seen from her this year. Of course, the competition improves in this match, so we’ll have a better idea of where Giorgi is at with her game. Giorgi has eight career wins over top-10 players, with the most recent coming in Birmingham of last year. Giorgi has won three of her last four matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played five times and Wozniacki has won three of those matches. The most recent meeting was in Eastbourne of this year, a match Wozniacki won in straight sets. Giorgi’s last win over Wozniacki came in New Heaven of 2014. Each of the last three matches have been decided in straight sets.
This is a more than winnable match for Giorgi if she can serve the way she did in her last match. It also doesn’t help that Wozniacki is struggling and coming off a match in which she was an unforced error machine. Still, I’m going to give Wozniacki the benefit of the doubt, as she is rested and knows she needs some confidence boosting victories with the WTA Finals around the corner.
I’ll take Wozniacki, but wouldn’t be shocked if it went the other way.