Camila Giorgi beats Rebecca Peterson to win the Merida Open

Camila Giorgi beats Rebecca Peterson to win the Merida Open

Merida [Mexico]February 27 (ANI): Camila Giorgi of Italy produced a stunning performance to win her fourth career WTA Tour singles title on Sunday night, battling past Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson 7-6(3), 1-6, 6- 2 at the Merida Open.

After falling behind 2-0 in the third set, Giorgi battled back and eventually won the last six games of the match to win the match and improve to 3-1 all-time against Peterson.

Giorgi double-faulted on break point in the first set, giving Peterson a 4-3 advantage, but Peterson was unable to serve out the set at 5-4. Giorgi won four times in the tiebreak to take a one-set lead after 66 minutes, but Peterson saved a set chance to make it 6-5 with a forehand winner.

However, Peterson won eight of the next nine games by forcing errors from Giorgi, who often hit hard from the forehand side. After that sequence of games, Peterson was up 2-0 in the third set and had a break advantage.

However, Giorgi delivered the ultimate surprise by hitting powerful forehands to break Peterson twice in a row and take a 4-2 lead. A third straight break of Peterson’s serve was followed by a commanding love hold for 5-2, giving Giorgi the victory after winning six games in a row.

Earlier on Sunday, Caty McNally and Diane Parry outplayed Wang Xinyu and Wu Fang-hsien 6-0, 7-5 in one hour and 12 minutes to win the Merida Open doubles title.

McNally and Parry easily took 15 of 16 first service points in the opening set and did not encounter a break point. Wang and Wu then brought the score closer, taking the opening break of the second set at 4-3, but McNally and Parry won the next four games to win.

With her eighth WTA doubles victory, McNally shows her continued dominance on the court. This week in Merida, the American player, 21, also advanced to her second WTA singles semifinal. (ANI)





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