(August 31, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Qualifier Camila Giorgi of Italy sent home former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to reach the fourth round of the US Open 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Giorgi, ranked at No. 173 before the tournament, played more aggressively, took risks which paid off with 46 winners to 13 for Wozniacki.
“Just when the ball came, just hit the ball in the corners,” said Giorgi of her tactics.
Giorgi took some time off the tour to rest up from injuries. The nine months passed, you can count because I was injured was playing every tournament injury, so then I stopped for two months after Wimbledon this year.”
“My first goal was to be in the top 100 and then to get back the confidence, because when you’re not playing tournaments, I mean, you don’t have this rhythm of the matches, so it’s not easy.”
“I had many break point opportunities in the second I didn’t take,” explained Wozniacki. “All of a sudden she came into the rhythm and just started hitting everything and it was starting to go in.
“She put me under pressure and I started to play a little short, and then all of a sudden she was all over the ball.”
The Italian Giorgi is the first woman qualifier to reach the fourth round of the US Open since Anna-Lena Groenefeld did it back in 2008
Giorgi will play another Italian in the fourth round in No. 10 Roberta Vinci. Giogi also made the round of 16 at Wimbledon last year.
“This(win) helps a lot to my confidence, and I hope to stay like this for the last week,” Giorgi said.
“If she was playing like this every time, then, you know, obviously her ranking would go up,” Wozniacki said. “If she learns to control her pace like she did today, then, you know, I think she has a bright future.”