Fixture: Camila Giorgi vs Sara Sorribes Tormo
Date: 10 November 2020
Tournament: Upper Austria Ladies Linz Open 2020
Round: First round (Round of 32)
Venue: Linz, Austria
Category: WTA International
Surface: Indoor hardcourt
Prize money: $202,250
Match timing: Approx. 1.30 pm local time, 6 pm IST
Live telecast: USA - ESPN / Tennis Channel
Camila Giorgi vs Sara Sorribes Tormo preview
Camila Giorgi and Sara Sorribes Tormo will lock horns in the opening round of the 2020 Linz Open on Tuesday.
This will be Giorgi's first tournament since she retired midway in the Roland Garros first round. The Italian was trailing 7-5, 3-0 against compatriot Martina Trevisan before she called it quits due to injury.
Interestingly, Giorgi had led 5-1 in the first set before she allowed her opponent to reel off nine games in a row.
The 28-year-old will now be looking to bury the past and end her season on a high. Playing in the final WTA tournament of the calendar, Giorgi might have a little extra motivation to do well at Linz.
The Italian began well after the resumption of the tour, making the semis of the Palermo Open. But things have gone mostly downhill for the former Linz champion since then.
The World No. 75 was unable to get past the second round at the Prague Open or the US Open. Giorgi fared even worse at the Italian Open and the French Open, where she was ousted in the first round.
Sara Sorribes Tormo, meanwhile, is coming off a quarterfinal run at the Ostrava Open. The Spaniard lost an extremely topsy-turvy match in the Czech city, against eventual champion Aryna Sabalenka.
Sorribes Tormo led 6-0, 4-0 at one stage, and was just five points away from victory. But then Sabalenka miraculously turned things around in equally emphatic fashion, to eventually win 0-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Having played five matches in Ostrava, the 24-year-old Sorribes Tormo is arguably more acclimatized to indoor conditions than her opponent. But it remains to be seen if that works in her favor.
Camila Giorgi vs Sara Sorribes Tormo head-to-head
This is the first time that Camila Giorgi and Sara Sorribes Tormo will be facing each other on the tour. Thus, their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.
Camila Giorgi vs Sara Sorribes Tormo prediction
Hardcourt is Camila Giorgi’s best surface, as evidenced by her seven final appearances on it. Needless to say, her powerful game thrives on quicker surfaces - and even more so in indoor conditions.
The Italian can be expected to go on the attack from the very first point with her flat and hard drives. Her big serve, although inconsistent, can also help her take charge of the rallies.
The nature of this match-up, however, should not be too much of a hindrance for Sara Sorribes Tormo, whose strength lies in her counter-punching ability. If the Spaniard is careful with the placement of her topspin-heavy groundstrokes, preventing Giorgi from teeing off too easily, she could make things interesting.
Prediction: Camila Giorgi to win in three sets.Published 09 Nov 2020, 00:10 IST