Camila Giorgi, the fiery Italian who made such an impact at the 2014 Aegon International, brushed aside Irina Falconi 7-5 6-2 to progress in the Topshelf Open.
The #5 seed lost her serve to trail 2-1 but levelled matters at 4-4 by breaking Falconi to 15. And after three deuces in the tenth game Giorgi served without conceding a point to edge ahead 6-5.
With Falconi serving to stay in the opening set, she lost and nerve to fall behind following 47 engrossing minutes inside the Autotron Rosmalen exhibition complex.
But Giorgi’s natural fighting spirit was apparent in realms in the second set, racing to a 3-1 lead before she looked exhausted and dropped her serve. The golden rule in tennis of breaking straight back if broken applied, and Giorgi tentatively won the next three games dropping just two points in a one-sided 32 minute set.
Giorgi faces a wildcard in the quarter-finals at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.