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GIORGI SURVIVES KRAJICEK'S 21 ACES

2015-6-11


'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - WTA Rising Star Camila Giorgi battled through a barrage of aces from home favorite Michaella Krajicek to reach the quarterfinals of the Topshelf Open.

Krajicek has always been one of the biggest servers on tour, and it's been especially helpful to her on this surface - she won 's-Hertogenbosch in 2006, and she made the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2007.

And she brought out that big serving again against Giorgi on Wednesday, firing 21 aces over the course of three tough sets on center court. But at the end of the day the No.5-seeded Giorgi got one last critical break in the third set and rode it to victory, eventually closing the match out, 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-4.

Krajicek's 21 aces were the most for a player in a WTA-level match so far this year.

"I just had to be patient," Giorgi said of Krajicek's serving.

"I waited for my chances, and when it was my time, just get it back. It was a good match."

Giorgi is known as one of the most aggressive players on the tour at the moment, with her big serve and punishing groundstrokes, and she's thrilled to shift gears to the slick grass from the slow clay.

"I feel good on grass. The points are faster and it matches with my game," the Italian said.

"Now I have a day off so I'll practice and rest, and get ready for the next one."

Next up for Giorgi will be Yaroslava Shvedova, who beat Marina Erakovic in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Giorgi and Shvedova will be playing against each other for the first time.

Wednesday's other winners were No.3 seed CoCo Vandeweghe, who won 14 of the last 15 points on her serve to edge Tatjana Maria, 7-5, 6-4, and No.7 seed Kristina Mladenovic, who came from a set down and a break down in both the second and third sets to get past Kurumi Nara, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3.

The second round will wrap up on Thursday, with No.2 seed Jelena Jankovic among those in action.



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