National Bank Open: Camila Giorgi beats Karolina Pliskova for Montreal title triumph

Camila Giorgi won the 2021 National Bank Open in Montreal on Sunday. The Italian posted one more upset, over fourth seed Karolina Pliskova, to cap off her successful week in which she’d been riding a wave of upsets. Giorgi needed an hour and 40 minutes to complete a 6-3, 7-5 win over the Czech.

Giorgi hit 16 winners to Pliskova’s 13 and had seven fewer unforced errors as compared to her opponent’s 34. While Giorgi held her own before breaking down Pliskova’s game in the first set, the second set had a few ups and downs before Giorgi collected her composure and staved off any possible comeback attempts from Pliskova.

National Bank Open: Camila Giorgi’s the last woman standing

This was Giorgi’s third win over Pliskova this season and she’s now reduced the margin of Pliskova’s lead in their head-to-head to 5-4. In terms of professional milestones, this is Giorgi’s first title in almost four years – since she won the Linz Open in 2018, and also her third WTA title overall.

On the other hand, the Montreal final is the third that Pliskova’s lost this season. Earlier, she’d lost the Rome Open final and the Wimbledon final to Iga Swiatek and Ashleigh Barty respectively. It’s also Pliskova’s third loss this season to Giorgi, after having lost to her in Eastbourne and at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Following her win, the Italian became the lowest-ranked player since Serena Williams to win the title in the Canadian tournament. Back in 2011, Williams had won the trophy while being ranked 80th in the world. Giorgi was ranked 71st.

Meanwhile, her heroics at the National Bank Open saw Camila Giorgi break into the top-35 of the rankings once again. Giorgi gained 37 spots on the singles rankings and is now ranked 34th in the world, eight places below her career-high of 26th in the world, which she achieved in October 2018.