Fixture: (15) Iga Swiatek vs Camila Giorgi
Date: 10 February 2021
Tournament: Australian Open 2021
Round: Second round (Round of 64)
Venue: Melbourne, Australia
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
Prize money: AUD $80 million
Match timing: Approx 3:30 PM local time, 10 AM IST
Live telecast: USA - ESPN / Tennis Channel | India - Sony Six
Iga Swiatek vs Camila Giorgi preview
Iga Swiatek will need to be prepared for some heavy hitting in her second-round match at the 2021 Australian Open, as she takes on the dangerous Camila Giorgi on Wednesday.
The 2020 French Open champion scored a resounding 6-1, 6-3 win over Arantxa Rus in the first round and will be looking for a repeat of that result in this encounter.
Giorgi started her Australian Open campaign with a similarly straightforward win over the returning Yaroslava Shvedova. The Italian emerged victorious with a 6-3, 6-3 scoreline.
The win is a positive sign for Giorgi, who was forced to retire from her match against Sofia Kenin at last week's Yarra Valley Classic. Giorgi had pushed the 2019 Australian Open winner to 7-5 but had to retire after the first set.
Playing in her opening match at the Australian Open, the Italian looked dialed in. When she is hitting the ball well, there's not a lot of players who can keep up with the weight of Giorgi's shots, and Swiatek will be well aware of the threat.
Iga Swiatek vs Camila Giorgi head-to-head
Camila Giorgi leads Iga Swiatek in the head-to-head record with a 1-0 margin. The Italian had scored a thumping 6-2, 6-0 win in their only prior meeting, which came at the same stage of the Australian Open a couple of years ago.
Iga Swiatek vs Camila Giorgi prediction
Following her dominant display through the Roland Garros fortnight, Iga Swiatek is being seen as a big name to watch out for. She has entered the Australian Open under the added pressure of living up to that billing.
The young Pole definitely has all the makings of a champion. Swiatek is endowed with a well-rounded game and a positive attitude, but whether she can thrive under the newfound spotlight remains to be seen.
Against Camila Giorgi, Swiatek has a good opportunity to test all the elements of her game. The Italian plays a gung-ho style of tennis and is likely to throw everything at her opponent. It will be up to Swiatek to produce answers to the relentless hitting.
The youngster had a hard time during her last meeting with Giorgi, but a lot has changed for her since. This time she will enter the contest knowing exactly what to expect.
It won't be easy, given Giorgi's penchant for quickfire points, but if Swiatek can make the necessary adjustments, a reversal of that result is definitely on the cards.
Prediction: Iga Swiatek to win in three sets.