No.1 Sabalenka stunned by Eastbourne regular in thriller
Italian Camila Giorgi battled past the top seed Aryna Sabalenka to claim a remarkable Centre Court 7–6(5) 0–6 6–4 triumph in style, thanks to rumbling her opponent’s tactics in the final set.
The Belarus world no.4, who was the last seeded player left after yesterday’s day of shock, had raced into the
She started off at a good pace, but Giorgi — coached by her father Sergio — fought tooth and nail to force a tiebreak. The tension during the lottery of the tiebreak saw the 29-
But Sabalenka, whose best display on the hallowed grass at Wimbledon was winning a 1st Round match four years ago, swept past her opponent in the next set without dropping a game and appeared to be speeding away with the match.
However, Giorgi, who has always been extremely popular with fans as regular at Devonshire Park, was in no mood to concede to such an illustrious opponent and mixed up her shots to unnerve Sabalenka and her tactics.
It turned into a bitter battle of attrition in the final set, with the combativeness from
In the end it was the fighting spirit from Giorgi that caused more bloodshed at Eastbourne as the very last seed in the women’s draw was dismissed.